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Zamzam.com launches B2C options to its portal A seamless booking experience with exclusive packages and services available directly to travelers​Riyadh, KSA, 12 April 2022: Planning an Umrah trip could quickly turn into a daunting task given the many aspects that are involved. From booking flights and accommodations to ground transfers, the ... Read more
Dubai – May 18, 2022: TCL Electronics (1070.HK), the Global No.2 LCD TV brand and a pioneer in consumer electronics and home appliances, announced the launch of its new C Series TV line-up and home appliances in the Middle East & Africa (MEA). As a global technology brand with presence in over 160 countries and regions, TCL has been ... Read more
Surgeons successfully performed the first operation using this technology at Dubai Hospital for an Emirati patient suffering from enlarged kidneys  The new technology enables surgeons to perform complex surgeries with increased precision and flexibility under various disciplines . Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 May, 2022: Dubai Hospital... Read more
Can your car make you happy? Does it contribute to shaping your personality? The answer is yes. . There is ample research-based evidence conducted through consumer surveys and behavioural experiments that prove that the car you drive plays a major role in how you feel about yourself, others and life in general. . Making the right decision... Read more
Closing session discusses strategies for making a success of diversification and highlights merits of print-on-demand for booksellers. Sharjah, May 18, 2022The magnetic pull of bookselling, the power of collaborations, and the increasingly diversified business models that are now reshaping the industry, were at the heart of the closing sessions of ... Read more
Nadia Wassef, the pioneer of Egypt’s modern bookstores, tells 385 booksellers from 56 nations at the Sharjah Book Authority event that they need to know who they are and what they stand for      . Sharjah, May 18, 2022:  The second and concluding day of the debut edition of the world’s first International Bookse... Read more
Heffernan is amongst the 25 bestselling children’s authors participating at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival . Sharjah, May 18, 2022: During the ‘Beloved Planet Earth’ discussion at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), award-winning authors drew focus on the notable increase o... Read more
SCRF’s popular Cookery Corner hosts American Chef Dario Steven on opening day. Sharjah, May 12, 2022:  A grill sizzles, a pot boils, the smell of spices wafts through the air – the popular Cookery Corner at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) is truly a feast for the senses!At Expo Centre Sharjah,... Read more
The IPA President hails booksellers’ efforts aimed at fostering a reading culture. Sharjah, May 17, 2022:  Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA) reassured booksellers from 56 nations at the world’s first International Booksellers Conference in Sharjah, saying they are not alone in the great e... Read more
May 10, 2022:  The first thing many of us do upon arriving home is to change out of the clothes we’ve been wearing all day. While once we might have simply hung those clothes in the wardrobe, growing concern over allergies and pollutants and the special care that is needed for garments that are made out of sensitive materials like cotton... Read more
An all-in-one platform that enables marketers to orchestrate day-to-day tasks and improve campaign management, reporting, and deliver improved personalized customer experience.  . Dubai - UAE 10 May, 2022: Zoho Corp, a leading global technology company, today announced Zoho Marketing Plus, a new unified software that combines a powerful mix of... Read more
● At the pinnacle of portable performance, the new seventh generation of the Yoga Slim premium clamshell laptop line offers power, flexibility, and collaborative features as well as the smart adaptive performance of Lenovo’s X Power paired with the brilliant visuals of Lenovo’s PureSight Display● Designed for the modern home... Read more
Simon Karacinski has versatile experience in the technology spectrum to lead the company's regional expansion and growth.Dubai, May 10, 2022 — Lumenore, a cloud-based Business Intelligence (BI) and advanced analytics solutions provider, announced that it had appointed a new EMEA Sales Director to lead the expansion and growth of the compa... Read more
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10th  May 2022:  Water Alliance, a Dubai-based non-profit organization focused on promoting the value of water by  encouraging individuals to  adopt sustainable lifestyles, has officially announced the winners of its RE-NEW Our World water innovation challenge for students in the UAE.Launched with th... Read more


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17 EPA members showcase a bouquet of titles in diverse genres under the Manassah project at 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival Sharjah, May 20, 2022:  Young visitors are flocking to the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) stand at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) where under its Manassah platform, the entity is showcasing a bouquet of titles in diverse genres by Emirati publishers.  Amongst the popular books at EPA’ stand, targeting children of all age groups, includes   Scribbles, a creative narrative of UAE’s cultural, heritage and historical monuments; Life Is Beautiful, offering insights and solutions ......read more

Sharjah, 20 May 2022:  Two attention grabbing, towering tree mascots with twisting branches crowned with a canopy of leaves are wandering the halls of the Sharjah Expo Centre where the 13th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) is taking place until May 22. Crowds of children and families are seen trailing behind these otherworldly creatures, while some children are brave enough to walk up to them seeking a friendly handshake.  With their human-like appearance, the walking trees seek to inspire empathy and respect for nature and the environment in children, in order to raise awareness about their importance to the future of our planet.  ...read more

From board books to novels, Deen Square’s booth at SCRF is a delight to visit Sharjah, May 20, 2022:  “It was a dark night and there was a big bad storm. The people on the ship had to throw off all their things to make the ship lighter…. they had to throw off one man too. They didn’t want it to be Yunus but his name kept coming up, like when you do eeny meeny miny mo.”  The above excerpt from Love for the Prophets tantalisingly illustrated by Tugrul Karacan is a peep into the delightful narrative style of Zanib Mian that is sure to capture the hearts of young Muslim children. This and Migo & Ali: The A-Z of Islam on display at the booth of ......read more

The Kenyan writer, known for his book Sabina and the Mystery of the Ogre, addressed a packed Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival audience of students  Sharjah, May 20, 2022:  Award-winning Kenyan children’s author Christopher Okemwa inspired young visitors to the 13th annual Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) to read “more books and become wiser”.  Addressing a packed audience of UAE’s school students and teachers during an SCRF students session, the lecturer of poetry and drama at Kisii University, Kenya, regaled his young fans with excerpts from his stories.  “Books are the windows to the world,” he said ......read more

Publishers from around the globe collectively opine that the SCRF platform creates incredible business opportunities for them    Sharjah, May 20, 2022:  On the heels of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, directing the allocation of AED 2.5 million for the purchase of books from the 139 publishers attending the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) this year, an interview with some of them has revealed the incredible business opportunity the festival’s platform has created for them, directly linking publishers with thousands of readers of all age groups.   Hani Kreidieh and his w ......read more

Celebrity Arab chef Nidal Albrihi unveils the secrets of creamy shrimp fettucine and Musakhan rolls as part of a special masterclass at Expo Centre Sharjah Sharjah, May 20, 2022:  Young foodies and budding chefs at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) took their culinary skills to a new level with a masterclass in a range of delicious and healthy meal preparations under the tutelage of celebrity Arab chef Nidal Albrihi.   The Jordanian-born reality TV star, began the 45-minute-long cookery session by first unveiling the secrets of flavoursome Musakhan rolls before whipping up glasses of mixed berry smoothie and serving up a platter of creamy shrimp fet ......read more

*What are the specifications and quality of the bags covered by the decision? The tariff will be applied to all single-use bags used to carry goods at the point of purchase according to the following specifications: Each bag is less than 57 micrometers thick Includes bags made of plastic, paper, biodegradable plastic and plant-based biodegradable materials *Does the store have to abide by the 25 Fils per bag tariff? All stores must apply a tariff of 25 Fils for each single-use bag, and a different tariff can be placed on sustainable (reusable) alternatives if provided by the store. *Can paper bags be used as a free alternative? The tariff applies to all single-use bags for ......read more

Dubai, 20 May, 2022:  His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Chairman of Dubai Air Navigation Services, visiting the stall of Dubai Air Navigation Services (dans) after inaugurating the 21st edition of Airport Show at the Dubai World Trade Centre. His Highness was briefed on dans achievements and collaborations with other stakeholders in addition to its future development roadmap and accelerating forward looking in across the 3 pillars people, technology and strategic collaborations. ...read more

Zamzam.com launches B2C options to its portal A seamless booking experience with exclusive packages and services available directly to travelers ​ Riyadh, KSA, 12 April 2022: Planning an Umrah trip could quickly turn into a daunting task given the many aspects that are involved. From booking flights and accommodations to ground transfers, the entire process could prove to be more than one person can handle. With this in mind, Zamzam.com, an online platform for Umrah travels, in joint venture with TBO.COM, one of the leading global travel distributions platforms in the world, is proud to announce that Zamzam.com is now the first OTA platform that offers B2C visa services ......read more

• The MoUs are based on exchanging knowledge, expertise, and best practices in freight and passenger rail services and rail operations   Abu Dhabi, UAE - 19 May 2022: Etihad Rail signed three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with Renfe, Spain’s national railway operator; High Speed 1, the first high-speed railway in United Kingdom (UK); and GB Railfreight, the British rail freight company. The MoUs are based on exchanging knowledge, expertise, and best practices in freight and passenger rail services and operations. This comes as part of Etihad Rail’s efforts for developing railway services as part of the UAE National Railways Programme.   The MoUs wer ......read more

Participation to promote the Library's services prior to its inauguration Dubai, UAE 20, May 2022:  The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, one of the most ambitious cultural and knowledge-development initiatives in the Arab world, has confirmed its participation in the 31st Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF), at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 23-29 May 2022. This participation aims to raise awareness about the library’s mandate, its facilities and services. It also highlights MBRL’s upcoming leading role in shaping the future of the UAE's cultural landscape through providing access to a pool of literal, scientific and intellectual resources c ......read more

Dubai, UAE - 19 May 2022: The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has announced new dates for the 22nd edition of IIFA Weekend and Awards. The ceremony, which was due to be held on May 20 and 21, and then postponed to July following late UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan's demise, is now slated to be held on June 2, 3, and 4 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. As per the official release, Laser Book News IIFA Rocks, co-presented by NEXA will be held on Friday, June 3. The NEXA IIFA Awards, co-presented by Laser Book News will be held the following day on Saturday, June 4. The star-studded weekend in Abu Dhabi will see several superstars take to the stage. While ......read more

The most capable 4x4 family will grow with the introduction of the New Defender 130, designed for shared adventures with up to eight occupants   • Global debut: New 8-seat Defender 130 will be revealed on 31 May 2022 • Shared adventures: First images preview the New 8-seat Defender, designed for shared exploration and adventures across any terrain • Find out more: Sign up for updates at www.landrover.com/vehicles/defender/ • Be the first: Order books open in line with reveal on 31 May   Thursday 19 May 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Epic all-terrain adventures for up to eight will be possible when New Defender 130 breaks cover on ......read more

Comes equipped with 66W SuperCharge capability and ultra-large screen with super narrow bezel design   UAE, 19th May 2022: Further expanding the HONOR X series portfolio, global technology brand HONOR today announced the launch of HONOR X9 5G in United Arab Emirates. After the success of recently launched HONOR X7, with HONOR X9 HONOR brings users extraordinary charging speeds, an ultra large screen with super narrow bezels, all-round powerful performance, and a sleek and stylish design, all at an affordable price point. Equipped with a 4800mAh   large capacity battery, the HONOR X9 5G delivers long-lasting, worry-free battery life for uninterrupted use, alongside 66W HONO ......read more

• Professional skills critical for the sanitary industry • GROHE to support WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 as part of extended partnership • Another important building block in the brand’s efforts to counteract the shortage of skilled labor in sanitary industry   19 May, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2022 – GROHE has joined WorldSkills International, a global platform to raise the profile and recognition of skilled people, as its newest Global Partner.    GROHE first supported the skill competition, Plumbing and Heating, in WorldSkills Kazan 2019. Now as a Global Partner, GROHE will extend its support to WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 and as a ......read more

The brand unveiled its new global motto ‘Live Your Best’ in the region and aims to grow its market share with locally-focused innovative solutions that boost consumer ‘wellbeing’ by aiding healthy and hygienic living    Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa (PMMAF) restated its commitment to MEA market expansion and consumer wellbeing at its regional convention, held in Dubai, that unveiled the brand’s new global motto - “Live Your Best”. The new slogan embodies Panasonic’s commitment to providing solutions that make life simpler, safer, healthier, and more enjoyable for the customers help ......read more

19 May 2022:  In line with Samsung Electronics’ efforts to continuously coordinate with global markets on growth strategies, and the latest industry trends while also highlighting product launches and remarkable milestones, TM Roh, President and Head of Samsung Electronics’ MX (Mobile eXperience) Business, visited the MENA region where he met with the senior MENA executives of Samsung’s markets in Morocco.   During the visit, TM Roh commended the achievements of the MENA markets in the mobile division including the significant leap in sales for the S22 series and its sustainability vision.  In his comments, TM Roh said “Our vision is to becom ......read more

QNET’s luxury Swiss watchmaker introduces four new watches in its new Empire Collection Dubai - 20, May 2022: Bernhard H. Mayer, QNET’s luxury Swiss watch and jewellery brand has revealed a new collection of luxury watches, titled ‘Empire – The Measure of a Moment’. The presentation and function of this new collection of timepieces are designed to reflect the synthesis of the Swiss watchmaker’s enduring tradition of excellence and modern innovation. Like all Bernhard H. Mayer watches, the Empire collection is versatile, adapting to the personality of the wearer and it is designed to be functional, yet elegant, serving its wearer on any occas ......read more

BCC Group International, one of the largest manpower services companies in the UAE, has embarked on a major expansion into Real Estate development and Facility Management after successfully diversifying its activities into construction, interior fit-out, transport services etc. BCC, operating in the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and India, is also looking at expanding operations to other parts of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region. “The real estate industry is in for another boom after the Covid-19 pandemic-induced slowdown and we want to take advantage of the conducive situation with a forward integration strategy,” said Amjad Sithara, Founder Chairman of BCC Gr ......read more

Photos From the Ninth Day of the 13th Edition of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival 2022, at the Sharjah Expo. ...read more

The Policy is to serve all its shareholders and loyalty program (Tamayaz) gold card members  Dubai, UAE:  H.E. Khalid Humaid Bin Diban Al Falasi, CEO of Union Coop, announced the most recent Union Coop’s policy by launching an initiative in which it pledges to all its customers - shareholders and holders of GOLD Tamayaz Card Holders, to match purchase prices from Union Coop with other competitors in Dubai market. Pointing out that the difference amount will be returned to the consumer under certain conditions that are followed and studied by the cooperative by adding the difference amount in the Tamayaz card that was used at the time of purchase.  This announce ......read more

Interactive workshops at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival  are aimed at fostering a safe and positive school environment Sharjah, May 19, 2022:  The Child Safety Department (CSD) in Sharjah, an affiliate of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA),  is helping raise awareness of the crucial issue of bullying through a series of interactive workshops at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) at Expo Centre Sharjah.  To fulfil its mission of ensuring the psychological and physical wellbeing of children and upholding their right to protection from harm, CSD’s workshops at SCRF 2022 are imparting effectiv ......read more

13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival hosts edutech companies from around the world, encourages e-learning Sharjah, May 19, 2022:  E-learning is under the spotlight at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) where education technology companies from around the world are accelerating the adoption of state-of-the-art digital tools to make knowledge more accessible and supplement learning in school.  Amongst the exhibitors integrating edutech solutions at the festival are Rainbow Chimney Educational Aids, which is offering an app that renders the contents of children’s books in 3D while the Kids in Action nursery is equipped with sophis ......read more

Insightful workshop hosted at the Social Media Station provides a simple, accessible step-by-step guide to the marketplace of digital collectibles Sharjah, May 19, 2022:  Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are under the spotlight at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), where the ever-popular Social Media Station is hosting two expert-led workshops demystifying the thriving digital phenomenon that is transforming the art world.   NFT artist Magda Malkoun provided a step-by-step guide of how to mint NFTs, while breaking down the various terms associated with the world of digital assets in clear and lucid language at the workshop titled, ‘How to Become a ......read more

The talented young American, who has illustrated non-fiction, biographies apart from picture story books, gave tips on drawing and writing to her young fans at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival  Sharjah, May 19, 2022:  Ideas are everywhere and you just have to be open to seeing them, remarked American author-illustrator Vashti Harrison as she showed her young audience at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) 2022 how she drew Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. on the skin of half a green apple. The 13th edition of SCRF, running in Expo Centre Sharjah until May 22, has the theme ‘Create Creativity’.  “I just do that all the tim ......read more

Dubai – 19, May 2022:  Customs training center at Dubai Customs launched “Training Doses” initiative, which aims to raise the efficiency of inspection in line with the best international practices. It will also help in consolidating controls and fight against all customs violations, including smuggling. The Training Doses targets 500 inspection officers, and has already benefited 40 inspectors in its initial stage.     The training doses initiative came in line with Dubai Customs’ strategic plan, which focuses on developing human cadres, especially those working in inspection, and enrolling them in specialized training courses on the latest m ......read more

Mohammad Al Kitbi: "We aim to provide a workplace that encourages employees to innovate and achieve the highest productivity levels in an atmosphere of harmony, interaction, and team spirit UAE – 19 May 2022: The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) honored the Telecommunications and Digital Government Authority (TDRA), represented in the Human Resources Department, for successfully implementing the Foundational Human Resources Practitioner Certificate Program, the first of its type in the region. The Foundational Human Resources Practitioner Certificate Program aims to build skills necessary to manage human cadres, being the capital of any entity that seeks t ......read more

The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival is offering an array of free, expert-led lessons focused on developing children physically, mentally and emotionally  Sharjah, May 19, 2022:  Young girls on a school field trip at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) tested their strength, balance and flexibility during a therapeutic early-morning ‘Yoga Balance’ session held in the sports workshop space at the festival venue this week.  SCRF’s diverse programming features a wide range of physical exercise classes alongside its cultural agenda to encourage children to adopt healthy habits and stay active from an early age.  ......read more

Hotel establishments generate AED 11 billion in revenues with a 20% growth compared to the same period in 2019   80% hotel occupancy rate among the highest, globally Abu Dhabi, 19 May 2022: H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises and Chairman of the UAE Tourism Council, revealed that the UAE’s tourism sector achieved a new growth milestone in Q1 2022, underlining its competitiveness at both regional and global levels. H.E. attributed the sector’s latest achievement to the unlimited support and directives of the UAE’s wise leadership and its interest in this vital sector, which is deemed one o ......read more

Beirut-based publisher Dar Al Saqi brings an array of children’s books to educate young readers at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival on critical social issues Sharjah, May 19, 2022:  The 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) is raising awareness among children about the need to challenge stereotypes, the value of compassion, and other social issues through engaging stories brought to the 12-day festival by Dar Al Saqi, the Beirut-based imprint of Al Saqi Books in London. The titles displayed by the publisher provide early education on socially conscious topics. Founded in 1984, the bookshop and publishing house is dedicated to supporting ......read more

• Almeida stays at the head of the GC •   Fernando Gaviria sprinted to 2nd place on Stage 11 of the Giro D’Italia, just being beaten by half a wheel length on the fast, flat run in to the line on a day which took the riders from Santarcangelo di Romagna to Reggio Emilia (203km).   The flattest road stage of the race with just 369 metres of climbing, the mid-point of the day featured some echelons as wind swept the open plains. The elastic of the peloton would not snap and the bunch came back together after reeling in a lone attack by Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Fenix).   Maximiliano Richeze stormed to the front of the bunch in the last 600m wit ......read more

Dubai – May 18, 2022: TCL Electronics (1070.HK), the Global No.2 LCD TV brand and a pioneer in consumer electronics and home appliances, announced the launch of its new C Series TV line-up and home appliances in the Middle East & Africa (MEA).  As a global technology brand with presence in over 160 countries and regions, TCL has been providing products to approximately 300 million users globally. In 2021, TCL TV’s market share grew by 11.5 percent with 24.6 million units of LCD TV shipment, while No.1 Android OS Smart TV Brand, according to Omdia TV sets market tracker Q1 2022 and Omdia TV design and features tracker respectively. “We are proud to unveil TCL&rs ......read more

Surgeons successfully performed the first operation using this technology at Dubai Hospital for an Emirati patient suffering from enlarged kidneys  The new technology enables surgeons to perform complex surgeries with increased precision and flexibility under various disciplines  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 May, 2022: Dubai Hospital has launched the Da Vinci Xi Surgical Robot for performing robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgeries.  Dr. Maryam Al Raisi, CEO of Dubai Hospital highlighted that in line with the vision and mission of the DHA, the hospital pays emphasis to the implementation of the latest technologies and smart solutions with an aim to provi ......read more

Can your car make you happy? Does it contribute to shaping your personality? The answer is yes.  There is ample research-based evidence conducted through consumer surveys and behavioural experiments that prove that the car you drive plays a major role in how you feel about yourself, others and life in general.  Making the right decision Your car is not an engine being carried by a metal frame; it is a partner that shares your journeys, acts as an extension of your personality, and influences the decisions you take. This makes selecting the right car for you all the more critical, and with a sea of options out there, this is not an easy decision to make. However, Renault Mega ......read more

Closing session discusses strategies for making a success of diversification and highlights merits of print-on-demand for booksellers Sharjah, May 18, 2022 The magnetic pull of bookselling, the power of collaborations, and the increasingly diversified business models that are now reshaping the industry, were at the heart of the closing sessions of the inaugural International Booksellers Conference which concluded at the headquarters of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA). Organised by SBA on the sidelines of the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), passionate and innovative booksellers utilised the first-of-its-kind platform to share how diversification into n ......read more

Nadia Wassef, the pioneer of Egypt’s modern bookstores, tells 385 booksellers from 56 nations at the Sharjah Book Authority event that they need to know who they are and what they stand for       Sharjah, May 18, 2022:  The second and concluding day of the debut edition of the world’s first International Booksellers Conference organised in Sharjah, opened with the inspiring story of a brave and passionate bookseller from Cairo, Egypt, Nadia Wassef.   During a keynote speech at the event organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) on the side-lines of the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), the owner and co-fo ......read more

Heffernan is amongst the 25 bestselling children’s authors participating at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival  Sharjah, May 18, 2022: During the ‘Beloved Planet Earth’ discussion at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), award-winning authors drew focus on the notable increase of eco-conscious books and shared their views on why it is crucial for children’s books to address pertinent issues such as climate change and sustainability.  According to Nanette Hefferman, author of ‘Earth Hour’ helping children connect to environmental issues is a holistic approach. The American writer credited her mo ......read more

The American author of the Empirium Trilogy, The Year of Shadows and Extasia traced her arduous path to success and gave her young fans tips on a career in writing Sharjah, May 18, 2022 “Daydreaming is an important component of my writing”, professed American author Claire Legrand to a full house of schoolchildren at an exclusive student’s session organised at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) 2022, running until May 22 in Expo Centre Sharjah.  Speaking to students, the well-known writer of the Empirium Trilogy and Sawkill Girls discussed the different aspects that charecterise her writing, which budding writers could employ to become succ ......read more

The workshop organised at the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival gave 5–10-year-olds a chance to create a star pattern that is typical of Islamic architecture Sharjah May 18, 2022:  The beauty and technique of Islamic tile painting, as seen on mosques and palaces in the Middle East and Central Asia, was made familiar to children at a workshop run by Medaf Studio during the ongoing 13th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), which kicked off on May 11 at Expo Centre Sharjah.    The 12-day festival, which is holding 750 workshops in all, will see three workshops on Islamic tile painting employing the “tape resist techn ......read more

Dubai – 18 May 2022:  Dubai Customs handled 285,000 deposit refund requests in Q1 2022 growing 20% from 238,000 requests in the same period in 2021.  The value of refund requests grew 45% in Q1 2022 to AED 2 billion compared to the corresponding period last year. The Smart Deposit Refund system provides a smooth and outstanding experience to clients. The in-house developed system enable clients request refund 24/7, saving time and effort, and reducing cost for companies.  There are 18,000 deposit requests with AED 130 million of transferred customs fees in Q1 completed through the Gulf state public electronic clearing system. The online customs fees transfer syst ......read more

UAE – 18th May 2022: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced that the accumulated sales of its Smart Monitor series surpassed one million devices globally, making it a million seller. The new do-it-all screens support Smart Hub, providing a perfect home office and schooling environment without the need to connect to a PC or any other external device. In addition, the monitor allows users to enjoy a variety of OTT services  such as Netflix, Samsung TV Plus and YouTube.   On the back of the popularity of its first Smart Monitor launched at the end of 2020, Samsung has enhanced its lineup this year. Now, Samsung offers 11 premium Smart Monitors including the M8, M ......read more

• Mitch Evans secured the final point scoring position in the 2022 Shell Recharge Berlin E-Prix   • Teammate, Sam Bird, brought his Jaguar I-TYPE 5 home in eleventh    • Mitch Evans is fourth in the drivers’ standings, while Sam Bird remains twelfth  • Jaguar TCS Racing remain fourth in the teams’ standings   • The ninth round of the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship takes place on the streets of Jakarta, Indonesia for the first time on 4 June 2022    May 18, 2022, Dubai, United Arab Emirates:   Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans secured the final point in the 2022 Sh ......read more

• Fashinza suppliers experienced a 200% YoY increase in earnings in 2021 from increased capacity utilization  • Fashinza customers reported a 25% reduction of costs in inventory and a 20% increase in top-line with faster TATs and lower minimums • The company experienced 10x growth in 12 months along with increasing their global footprint    Dubai, May 17, 2022 – Fashinza, the AI-driven B2B marketplace and real-time global supply chain platform for fashion brands and retailers, today announced a Series B funding round totaling USD 100M (AED 367m). The round is led by Prosus Ventures (formerly known as Naspers Ventures) and Westbridge along with ......read more

- HMG’s Executive Design Advisor, Peter Schreyer, given Autocar’s Lifetime Achievement award - Kia EV6, the first dedicated electric vehicle, named ‘Best Electric Car’  - Autocar Awards success comes off the back of other major awards victories including 2022 European Car of the Year win for Kia EV6   (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) May 18, 2022 – Peter Schreyer and the Kia EV6 have picked up top honors in the 2022 Autocar Awards, in a ceremony held at the UK’s Silverstone Circuit on Tuesday 10 May.   The Kia EV6 was named the ‘Best Electric Car’ by Autocar, while Peter Schreyer received the ‘Lifetime Achiev ......read more

Commentary for His Excellency Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail: As part of his opening keynote speech at Middle East Rail 2022, His Excellency Eng. Shadi Malak, CEO of Etihad Rail, said: “We are in a privileged position that we can change the face of logistics and mobility in this country, helping to connect industries, businesses and people, supporting tourism, whilst establishing rail as a cornerstone of the UAE’s overarching government initiatives. The identification of this whitespace opportunity and the wider benefits it brings is a testament to the visionary leadership of the UAE and is personified in our chairman His Highness Sheikh Theyab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al ......read more

Kyle Balda, who has worked on 32 animated movies, shares his creative journey with young audiences at Expo Centre Sharjah     Sharjah, May 17, 2022:  Kyle Balda, co-director of Minions and its forthcoming sequel, Minions: The Rise of Gru, has inspired budding young animators at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) at Expo Centre Sharjah with an illuminating talk chronicling his journey in the animation industry and the intriguing process of creating an animation. Recalling the early days of his career, Balda - a renowned Hollywood animator and filmmaker who has worked on 32 beloved contemporary classics in children’s cinema &ndash ......read more

The 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival is offering a sea of exciting opportunities  to young visitors to get explore and learn more about the region and its vibrant culture   Sharjah, May 17, 2022:  “Board games are a wonderful tool to bond with family, offering the kind of quality time around a table which simply doesn’t compare to phone games,” said Madhavan Menon, who is managing the participation of Back to Games, the second-largest board game retailer in the world, at the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) in Expo Centre Sharjah.  The Dubai-based retailer has its own booth among hundreds of internati ......read more

* CABSAT opens against a hugely disruptive industry background, featuring an expansive conference programme addressing the future of the industry *MENA transforms from content consumption to content creation hub – CABSAT 2022 positions the region as a key global player and Dubai as the sector’s acknowledged development hub Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 17th May 2022: His Highness Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai Department of Information has officially opened CABSAT 2022 - the region’s leading satellite, broadcast, and content event – at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) today. His Highness was accompanied by several dignitaries ......read more

Dubai – 17 May 2022: Dubai Customs has promoted and nurtured a culture of innovation fulfilling its strategic plan 2021-2026, which, among many other objectives, aims to enhance sustainable development and expedite services and procedures. The organization’s Innovation Center launched a number of leading initiatives in the first third of 2022. These included the creative drone that carries a scanning device to further secure the borders and protect the society from the hazards of illegitimate trade. Dubai Customs has made a quantum leap in developing innovative ideas and launching leading customs innovations, which are among the most important in customs sector globally. The o ......read more

21st edition of Airport Show gets going with participation of 150 international exhibitors   • Ahmed bin Saeed: “We have brought the world of aviation together again in Dubai to move forward in playing our constructive role in fully recovering this vital industry to support the global economy.”  • Show showcases solutions that will shape the future of aviation industry • Also open Co-located events Airport Security Middle East, ATC Forum and the Global Airport Leaders’ Forum    Dubai, UAE, May 17, 2022:   The 21st edition of Airport Show was opened in Dubai, amidst increased confidence and indications that the ......read more

• The new generation of Lenovo Legion Slim 7i and 7 are the world’s most mobile 16-inch gaming laptops1 • The new Lenovo Legion 7i and 7 are the world’s most powerful 16-inch gaming laptops2     May 17, 2022 – Lenovo announced today its latest generation of stylish and savage gaming laptops: the Lenovo Legion 7i and 7 (16”, 7) portable powerhouses, and the thin and light Lenovo Legion Slim 7 and 7i (16”, 7) laptops. Sitting at the apex of gaming performance, the new Lenovo Legion 7i and 7 are now the world’s most powerful 16-inch gaming laptops.2 And joining the 16-inch QHD gaming category are Lenovo Legion’s thinnest ......read more

Sharjah, May 17, 2022:  His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has ordered the allocation of AED 2.5 million to be directed towards the purchasing of books from the 139 publishers participating in the 13th edition of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF) organised by the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA).  Envisioned and led by the Sharjah Ruler, this cultural initiative is observed annually to promote the emirate’s efforts to support the development of the global publishing industry, as well as to ensure that young readers and knowledge seekers in particular who visit any of the 6 branches of the Sharja ......read more

On the side-lines of the 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, booksellers and distributors from 56 countries delve into strategies for booksellers to thrive in the digital world Sharjah, May 17, 2022:  The opening day of the International Booksellers Conference, organised by Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) on the side-lines of the ongoing 13th Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), explored unique ways for booksellers to take their businesses forward and thrive in an increasingly digital world.  At the debut edition of the conference, held at the SBA headquarters, a four-member panel discussed ways to improve bookselling in 2022 and beyond at a sessi ......read more

The IPA President hails booksellers’ efforts aimed at fostering a reading culture Sharjah, May 17, 2022:  Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA) reassured booksellers from 56 nations at the world’s first International Booksellers Conference in Sharjah, saying they are not alone in the great efforts they make to promote the culture of reading in their communities and reinforce people’s awareness about the importance of books. “Publishers will support you in this mission”, she added noting that the industry will extend its full support to ensure that booksellers are able to continue achieving greater results.  ......read more

Union Coop reduces the prices of 5000 commodities by up to 65% in May Dubai, UAE:   Sighting consumer happiness and community welfare, Union Coop – the largest ‘Consumer Cooperative’ in the UAE announced a discount campaign for the month of ‘May’, which will see price reductions on 5000 food and non-food items.  Revealing details, Dr. Suhail Al Bastaki, Union Coop’s Happiness & Marketing Director confirmed that the cooperative launches promotional campaigns on a weekly and monthly basis to make consumers happy, as a part of its endeavors to offer promotions that include massive discounts that fulfil the needs of community membe ......read more

• Q1 2022 Net sales from continuing operations were AED 418.6 m, a 156% increase from Q1 2021 • Q1 2022 EBITDA from continuing operations reached AED 40m, compared to AED 0.2m in Q1 2021 • Company recently announced 2030 growth strategy   May 17, 2022, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE: Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries PSC (Julphar), one of the largest pharmaceutical Companies in the Middle East and Africa, today reports its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31th, 2022. In Q1 2022, the company generated AED 418.6 million in net sales, a 156% increase from Q1 2021. Growth was driven by an increase in sales attributed to the strategic acquisition of P ......read more

17, May 2022 – Maserati is ready to showcase another new model: a one-of-a-kind spyder, it will be known as MC20 Cielo. The Global Premiere will be on 25 May. To coincide with today’s International Day of Light, the Trident Brand reveals the name of a car characterised by a special “Sky Feeling”: after all, it remains a convertible. MC20 Cielo announces its sporting vocation and its special feature: MC stands for Maserati Corse (‘Racing’); 20 refers to 2020, the year that began the brand’s new era; Cielo (‘sky’) highlights the fact that it is a model devoted to driving pleasure in the great outdoors, while maintaining all the ......read more

 Kia EV6 is a forerunner for the brand’s sustainability efforts; one of many attributes earning its title as European Car of the Year  Zero-emission powertrain paired with recycled and recyclable materials signal Kia's sustainable future  Life Cycle Assessment highlights EV6 as Kia's most sustainable vehicle to date   (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) May 17, 2022 – Kia’s first dedicated electric vehicle, the EV6, is spearheading new sustainability initiatives that will evolve alongside Kia’s expanding electrified line-up. Progress on sustainability was one of the key factors highlighted by the jurors who named the Kia EV6 the 20 ......read more

Dubai Municipality, 18, May 2022: Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) has developed a service to detect gluten in various food products using the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) technology. DCL is the first lab in the country to provide a quick detection service for gluten in various food products.   DCL has always been working to keep pace with the latest developments in safety and quality standards and the new service is part of the endeavor of Dubai Municipality to achieve its strategic focus, which includes achieving sustainable environmental and food resources and preserving the safety and health of community members.   The new service aims to ensure the correctn ......read more

Globe Air Cargo (GAC) Korea, a subsidiary of ECS Group, is proud to serve as GSA to Korea’s young and ambitious hybrid service carrier, Air Premia, in its home market. There is a Korean proverb: “bogi joeun tteogi meokgido jota” which translates literally into “good-looking tteok [rice cake] tastes good”, and means “if it looks good, it’ll likely taste good.” Take ECS Group’s newest subsidiary, Seoul-based GAC Korea, and match it with Air Premia, the first Korean hybrid service carrier (HSC) with a serious interest in air cargo, and the result is a very promising tteok. Both companies share the same drive and corporate values that po ......read more

“The UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan passed away this morning. We at Danube Group pray that his soul rests in peace, he was a visionary and embraced sustainable development as a guiding methodology to build up a modern nation that derives its human,socio-economic, and cultural clout from robust constitutional, organisational and structural tenets. He oversaw much of the country's economic growth, and his key objectives as the president of the UAE was to continue on the path laid down by his father Sheikh Zayed, whose legacy, he said, "will continue to be the beacon guiding us into the future, a prosperous future where security and stability will ......read more

• Immerse yourself in your sound and nothing else thanks to the new WH-1000XM5’s industry-leading noise cancelling  with eight microphones and Auto NC Optimiser • Experience exceptional sound quality and industry-leading call quality  that can be tailored to your world • Enjoy super comfortable wearing and all-day listening with a new design and up to 30 hours battery life    Dubai, UAE - 13 May 2022 – Sony today announced the newest edition of its award winning 1000X series – the WH-1000XM5 wireless, noise cancelling headphones. This new model brings a whole new immersive, distraction-free sound experience to its users and tha ......read more

- Critically acclaimed Kia EV6 features a state-of-the-art audio system that transforms the cabin into an immersive and interactive digital space - Winner of this year’s highly prestigious European Car of the Year award, the EV6 is lauded by the jury as a mobility gamechanger   (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) May 13, 2022 – The Kia EV6 has been carefully honed from the ground-up to set new benchmarks across the electric vehicle (EV) landscape, be that with its advanced zero-emissions battery powertrain, industry-leading ultra-fast charging technology, dynamic performance attributes, a daring design, and an interior space that is truly transformative.   At t ......read more

Dubai: The real estate and properties transactions valued at 8 billion in total during the week ending 13 May 2022. The sum of transactions was 2,347.  207 plots were sold for AED 1.47 billion, 1,652 apartments and villas were sold for AED 3.75 billion.  The top three transactions were a land in Al Hebiah Fifth sold for AED 127.8 million, followed by a land that was sold for AED 127.24 million in Al Hebiah Fifth, and a land sold for AED 127.8 million in Al Hebiah Fifth in third place. Al Hebiah Fifth recorded the most transactions for this week by 100 sales transactions worth AED 709.45 million, followed by Al Yufrah 2 with 18 sales transactions worth AED 25.75 million, ......read more

• Anna Qabale Duba from Kenya named the winner of the $250,000 Award • Award ceremony held in Dubai on International Nurses Day • Special video message of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – Director General of World Health Organisation, highlights importance of celebrating the contribution of nurses to healthcare systems across the world • Over 24,000 nurses from 184 countries competed for the Award, out of which 10 finalists were announced last month • Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award is one of the world’s top awards in nursing • The award was presented in the presence of Dr. Azad Moopen, Ms. Alisha Moopen and Mr. T J Wilson  ......read more

• Running from May 22-27, more than 100 leading universities will participate in the six-day virtual fair, including four of the world’s top 10 and 31 of the world’s top 100 • More than twenty-five new universities are joining this year’s virtual fair, including University of Sydney, New York University, University of Manchester and University of Toronto, offering students access to more than 100 sessions     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, May 13, 2022: With thousands of students preparing to embark on their journeys into higher education, Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) has announced the return of its Rize University ......read more

• Amlak Q1 2022 net group profit up by 116% compared to the same period last year • Total assets stand at AED 4 billion • Debt settlement arrangements yielded AED 26 million gain and contributed in total debt reduction of AED 65 million (including Mudaraba instrument of AED 14 million).   Dubai, UAE: 12 May 2022: Amlak Finance PJSC today announced its Q1 2022 financial results. Amlak reported a net profit of AED 13 million for Q1 2022 as compared to net profit of AED 6 million for Q1 2021. The company focused on prudently managing its UAE operations and balance sheet.    Amlak’s total income for Q1 2022 decreased by 23% to AED 72 million ......read more

Bicester Village, located an hour from London in the heart of Oxfordshire countryside, and the British Fashion Council have once again joined forces to promote British fashion. The Creative Spot x British Fashion Council pop-up boutique launches on 11 May and runs until 15 June 2022, promoting innovative and sustainable British design.   Created for Bicester Village and the British Fashion Council by Richard Quinn, recipient of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design, the pop-up will showcase 18 of the country’s most exciting designers. These include Alighieri, Christopher Kane, Completedworks, Eudon Choi, Mary Katrantzou, Mira Mikati, Mother of Pearl, Patrick ......read more

Group records annual loss of AED 3.8 billion (US$ 1.0 billion) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impact, a significant improvement from last year with dnata returning to profitability   • Group revenue of AED 66.2 billion (US$ 18.1 billion) increased by 86% with strong customer demand as worldwide travel restrictions ease • Ends year with an improved and strong cash balance of AED 25.8 billion (US$ 7.0 billion) Emirates reports a significantly reduced loss of AED 3.9 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) compared with AED 20.3 billion (US$ 5.5 billion) loss in the previous year • Revenue up 91% to AED 59.2 billion (US$ 16.1 billion), as airline expanded global capac ......read more

- Full year operating profit of 247.3 billion yen and net income of 215.5 billion yen  - Achieved Nissan NEXT milestone of 2% operating profit margin on China joint venture proportionate basis - Expect an operating profit for fiscal year 2022 at the same level as fiscal year 2021   (May 12, 2022) Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced financial results for the full-year and the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2021.     Full-year financial results The business environment in fiscal year 2021 remained extremely challenging, affected by external factors such as the prolonged spread of the novel coronavirus, semiconductor supply shortages, and high raw m ......read more

Photos From the Second Day of the 13th Edition of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival 2022, at the Sharjah Expo. ...read more

Sharjah, May 12, 2022:  Visitors of all ages flocked to see their favourite comedian and voice-over actor, Egypt’s Mohamed Henedy, on the inaugural day of the 13th edition of the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival (SCRF), running in Expo Centre Sharjah with the theme 'Create Creativity'. In a session titled 'Super Henedy' moderated by author and poet Sheikha Al Mutairi, the Egyptian artist said that fans are an indicator of his work's success. On the importance of laughter, he said: "Using laughter to bring joy to people's hearts is beautiful." He noted that creating comedy works directed at children is a very unique and enjoyable experien ......read more

Titled ‘The Mystical Garden’ a series of stimulating stage performances and live shows will continue to regale visitors until May 22 in Expo Centre Sharjah  Sharjah, May 12, 2022 Watch expert skaters’ dance and twirl gracefully on ice at ‘The Mystical Garden’ – the first-ever ice-skating show brought to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF), whose 13th annual edition is taking place in Expo Centre Sharjah.  With a storyline crafted specifically for today’s gadget-dependent generation, ‘The Mystical Garden’ takes the audience on a musical journey of self-discovery with protagonist Luna, a young girl w ......read more

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