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Mohsin Abrar – Photographer, United Arab Emirates

Dubai, UAE, June 9, 2016:   They say that anyone can pick up a camera and start taking beautiful photographs as long as the camera that they use is of utmost quality type. I disagree. If you are naturally born gifted with a third eye like Mohsin Abrar, regardless what camera is at hand – a photograph might be as well taken from the Creator Himself.  Photos that not only depicts the beauty of this world – but also life’s lessons. Did you study photography? No.  I self-taught.  I started photography only three years in Dubai. What do you mean three years? I just picked up my first ......

    Interview with Star Fashion Blogger Chiara Ferragni for Calzedonia

    Dubai, UAE, April 23, 2016 1.    Your career as a blogger in 5 essential milestones 2009: I founded theblondesalad.com, received my first invitations to fashion shows and was offered projects from a few brands 2011: the TBS crew was launched and so began the adventures with my team. We also received the first international awards. 2013: theblondesalad.com evolved into an online magazine and our social media strategy changed; our Instagram profile reached millions of followers 2014: the first magazine covers, increasing to 27 covers the following year, including the first Vogue cover 2015: the Harvard business ......

      Illuminated Skyscrapers Reshaping the Skyline

      Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 16, 2015: Apart from UAE being home to the world’s tallest building, the city of Dubai boasts of over 400 skyscrapers. Implementation of new age external lighting techniques has redefined supertall buildings to make it more vibrant and appealing. With over two decades of experience in lighting architecture, David Gilbey has worked on several noteworthy external lighting projects across the globe. In an interview, Mr. David Gilbey, Director, EPOS Design, spoke on the importance and benefits of outdoor lighting. The power of lighting is well-understood when city skylines are donned with ......

        A conversation with David Rodgers, General Manager of Dunkin' Donuts Middle East

        It has been eighteen years since the brand first made an entry into the UAE market in 1997. For us it has been truly a journey of discovery, a learning process that let to us gaining knowledge about the region, its taste preferences, how people take to snacks and baked goods and how best to reach the local populace. The years have also taught us how to deal with the multi-faceted tastes of a truly multinational consumer market. Today, the UAE is truly an amalgam of people drawn in from over a 100 different nations, each with their own tastes, likes and dislikes. As a quick serve brand trying to make headway into a market where ......

          Abdullah Alajaji views on the Fluctuating Dubai Real Estate Market

          Abdullah Alajaji, Managing Director at Driven Properties, views on the fluctuating real estate market and the future of the city’s property industry. It was back in 2012 when Abdullah Alajaji, hailing from a private equity background, noticed that the real estate market in Dubai wasn’t only coming back from the crisis, it was in fact blossoming. He decided the time was right to launch Driven Properties, and began by absorbing some existing long-term leases for existing buildings. Successfully navigating this route saw Driven Properties develop into a one-stop solution, tying up the property management and real estate spectrum ......

            Abu Dhabi's Lighting Strategy at the forefront of the 4th Annual ME Smart Lighting and Energy Summit

            Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, August 3, 2015: In the Middle East, Abu Dhabi has been at the forefront in using sustainable lighting solutions. Apart from witnessing a sharp increase in power saving, it has also played an indispensable role in increasing the beauty quotient to the city. As part of the city’s lighting strategy, the Abu Dhabi Municipality (ADM) recently implemented its sustainable lighting project that offers multi-pronged benefits, including a drastic reduction in overall costs by 40% - 80% over 20 years, curbing carbon dioxide emission by 75% and reducing power consumption by at least 60%. The ADM lighting ......

              Westpac Pacific Leads The Discussion On Mobile Banking And Payments At The 5th Annual Middle East ...

              Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 23, 2015: The global banking industry has witnessed a significant transformation. Consumers increasing dependency on smartphones and the advent of new technological innovations have created new opportunities for mobile banking and payments applications globally. With a large number of banks introducing pilot programs using mobile applications that enable consumers to bank from the comfort of their home, Mr. Gary Collins, Head –Mobile Banking, Westpac Pacific will take center stage at the 5th Annual Middle East Banking Innovation Summit 2015 to discuss the emerging challenges and opportunities in the ......

                Naturally Playful / Naturally Kenzo

                This year evian® and French fashion house KENZO, partner to create a pure bottle, driven by a playful yet distinctly mysterious spirit. KENZO’s Creative Directors, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have united with evian® to convey their graphic, intimate vision for a unique, one-of-a-kind bottle. The mysterious and strange œuvre of artist and director David Lynch influenced the KENZO Fall-Winter 2014 collections for men and women and it is in this vein that the bottle’s motif features a broken floor pattern, toying with the idea of shifting the elements. Offering a magnifying glass effect when full, the ......

                  BENZ To Introduce Innovative New Products at AMB and IMTS 2014

                  1888 Press Release - BENZ Inc. will be presenting new products at this years AMB and IMTS tradeshows. Products on display will include the BENZ LinA push-type aggregate and the BENZ Solidfix quick change system. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC - BENZ Incorporated has announced that it will be presenting new tooling systems during AMB 2014, Hall H1, Stand Number IF59, in Stuttgart, Germany and IMTS Booth #2445, September 8-13, 2014, at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The company will be introducing its LinTec series of broaching tools, and Solidfix® Quick-Change system. BENZ tooling systems are engineered in Germany and sold and ......

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Du LaLiga HPC Crowned as First Champions of the UAE FA Academy League…

•    League-leaders du LaLiga HPC defeat UAE juggernauts Al Ain FC 8-0 in match of the season •    du LaLiga HPC remain undefeated in inaugural season with 11 successive wins 24 April 2017, Dubai, UAE – This week has seen the culmination of the first season of the UAE FA Academy League (FAAL), the official youth football league that has enabled UAE national clubs for the first time to play competitive matches against top private football academies. The deciding match of the season took place between Al Ain FC and du LaLiga High Performance Centre (HPC), in a much anticipated first face-off for both teams.  The opening minute saw a deflected cross from du LaLiga HPC’s Rajeh Al Qasem, recovered and smashed into the back ......read more

Gulf Hospitality Project Value Exceeds Dh544 Billion (US$148.4 bn) in Q1 2017…

Number of active hospitality projects reached 1,153 as 62 projects with a combined value of Dh9.1 billion were added to the list in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Network 24 April 2017 - Dubai, UAE: News Announcements 1.    The total estimated value of 1,153 active projects in the GCC's hospitality industry exceeded US$148.4 billion in the first quarter of 2017, according to BNC Intelligence  2.    GCC hospitality sector constitutes 7 per cent of all active projects in the GCC 3.    Six hospitality projects with a combined estimated value of around US$390.5 million were completed during the month 4.    In March, there is an increase of 1 per cent in terms of number as well as in dollar value ......read more

Wealth protection and creation are integral part of growing banking business models…

Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Doha Bank hosted a knowledge sharing session “enhancing customer value through wealth management” on 19th April 2017 at its Doha Bank Auditorium in Doha Qatar. The Guest of honour at the event was Qatar Exchange CEO, Rashid Bin Ali Al Mansoori. The Speakers at the event include Mr. James' Robertson, Head of Corporate and Wealth Managing Partner Taylor Wessing LLP, Mr. Fahmi Algussein, CEO, Amwal, Mr. Rami Jamal, Portfolio Manager, Amwal and Mrs. Nicole Perry Associate Director of Investment, Grant property. Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank gave the concept note. He said “According to IMF April 2017, Global growth is projected to rise from 3.1 percent in 2016 to 3.5 percent in 2017. Advanced economies are now projected to grow by 2 ......read more

SriLankan Airlines looks to further boost Middle East presence…

Dubai, April 23, 2017:  SriLankan Airlines, the National Carrier of Sri Lanka and a member of the oneworld airline alliance, is looking to gain further impetus from the Middle East, even as the Indian Ocean island nation increasingly reaps the positive dividends of rapidly growing tourist numbers. The airline will be making fresh forays into the region, which is one of its significant source markets, through its presence at the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai (April 24 to 27). The airline is uniquely positioned to serve as a seamless connector between the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Far East and Southeast Asia, as a result of its strategic location and strong route network. The Airline has traditionally done well in carrying tourists and expatriates between the Middle ......read more

Turkish Culture and Tourism Office Committed to UAE-Turkish Cooperation…

Focus on growing ‘Halal Tourism’ trade with new standards for hotels to better serve Muslim travelers, at Dubai’s ATM exhibition Dubai – The Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in the UAE has confirmed its participation at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai this month with a 750 meter-square stand. The announcement comes as Turkey sets its focus on ‘Halal Tourism’ as the country introduces new Halal standards for hotels to better server Muslim travelers. “According to recent studies[i], by 2020, more than 160 million Muslim tourists are expected to travel globally, spending upward of US$200 million,” said Salih Ozer, Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey to the UAE. “With Turkey ranking third of the top most popular ......read more

Global travel & tourism sector eyes Dubai as ATM opens its doors…

Over 40,000 industry professionals expected from more than 152 countries throughout four-day event Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Travel trade professionals from across the world’s hospitality industry will descend upon Dubai today (Monday 24th) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2017, the region’s leading travel industry showcase. Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director, ATM, said: “We have visitors registered from all corners of the globe and all facets of the hospitality industry for what promises to be the biggest show yet in the event’s 24-year history. “The growth and scale of ATM 2017 is testament to the buoyant travel and tourism industry here in the MENA region. It is no secret the growth we observe in the regional industry is ......read more

HMH – Hospitality Management Holding Gears Up for a Strong Presence at Arabian Travel Market 2017…

HMH - Hospitality Management Holding is all set for a strong presence at Arabian Travel Market 2017 (ATM). Mr Ferghal Purcell, COO of HMH, said, “We have a number of strategic announcements lined up for ATM this year that is the MENA region's largest B2B travel and tourism show. It gives us the perfect opportunity to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with the global travel trade. Twenty-three years in the running, ATM 2017 promises to be bigger and better bringing together travel professionals from 86 countries and regions to Dubai, and we are proud to be part of it again - for the 14th year in a row.” Experiential Travel, encompassing the adventure, culture, heritage, wellness & spa and cruise tourism segments, which is currently trending globally, ......read more

Sharjah Chamber Signs Certificates of Origin International Recognition Agreement…

Aims at Enhancing Sharjah Exports Sharjah, 23 April 2017: Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has signed an agreement with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in its capacity as the representative of the International Certificates of Origin Council, according to which CoOs issued by Sharjah Chamber will be awarded international recognition. The agreement aims to allow scaling of international commercial exchange, facilitating investments, and allowing national products to enter international markets. The agreement was signed at Dubai Chamber by His Excellency Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri, Director- General of SCCI, and Atiq Juma Faraj Nasib, Senior Director of Commercial Services Sector at Dubai Chamber, and Deputy Chair of the International Country of Origin Accreditation ......read more

8 Reasons Why you will never drink green tea again…

Dubai, April 23, 2017:  Maté tea, a superfood, fat-burning miracle, stress-reliever, and all-natural energy drink has hit Dubai and made its way to Hala, the recently opened Lebanese organic café in the World Trade Centre. Yerba Maté tea is the tea trend you can’t miss out on – be one of the first in the region to sample its unique flavor and experience all the health benefits it has to offer.   Maté tea not only has the nutritional powerhouse benefits of green tea, but also the strength of coffee, and the feel-good euphoria of chocolate; what more could you want! Maté tea, also known as Yerba Maté, is a hot South American beverage made by soaking the ground leaves and stems of the yerba Maté plant before submerging in hot water. Considered a staple drink in South ......read more

UAE Team Emirates Aim for Top Result at Tour de Romandie…

Meinjtes and Ulissi set sights on General Classification at Tour de Romandie Saturday, 22 April 2017, United Arab Emirates: UAE Team Emirates’ duo  Louis Meinjtes and Diego Ulissi are focused on achieving strong results at this week’s Tour de Romandie which starts on Tuesday, April 25 with a Prologue time-trial in Aigle (Switzerland), and finishes five days later in Lausanne.  The Tour De Romandie takes place throughout the Romandie region, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. The race began in 1947 and traditionally starts with an individual time trial Prologue (an individual time trial of usually less than 8 km before a stage race, used to determine which rider wears the leader's jersey on the first stage) in Geneva and ends with another ......read more

Middle East Food Forum to host its third Restaurant Leadership Business Series Workshop…

To be held on April 26th, 2017, in Dubai Knowledge Village, the invitation-only event is a hub for food service industry experts to showcase their know-how and engage with owners and operators in the field, addressing pressing industry issues and brainstorming key innovation points at the turn of the HORECA segment  The event is targeted towards Franchisors and Franchisees, Restaurant General Managers and Food Service business owners and operators Ms. Anishkaa Gehani, MD of Yardstick Marketing Management will be hosting the opening note on The Secret Ingredients to Marketing Success  Mr. Kris Haggie, CEO of Roundup World, will deliver an address on everything one needs to know about Food Truck Licensing A personal Q&A with Tahir Shah, Founder, Moti Roti, will ......read more

Regal Florals from Ritu Kumar…

The Regal Floral collection from Ritu Kumar is an array of light, pretty and sleek garments, which personify the beauty of florals - whether through prints or embroidered tactile flowers.   Silhouettes reminiscent of English dresses merge with Indian kurta cuts, creating a new Indo-Western take on elegant Spring/Summer fashion. A mixture of floral prints and embroideries are found across garments, and their restrained nature adds a regal feel to the line.   Fabrics like chambray, cotton, chanderi and organdy help bring life to the pieces, making them move and embrace the body in the loveliest way. A range of jackets, dresses, kurtas, and bottoms can be seen in muted shades of ivory, yellow, pink and grey. Detailed thread embroidery, quirky motifs, refined band collars and ......read more

MASSIMO DUTTI SS17 inspires an essential piece for Massimo Dutti women…

Inimitable. Immediately recognisable, it escapes all limitations of time and trends. The most sought-after bag has a history, its own characteristics and cult. The savoir faire concept shines forth in unique and exclusive pieces like this bag that serves as a master class in perfection and exquisiteness that defines the brand. These elegant crossbody bags feature two-tone colour schemes creating unexpected combinations and incorporating buckles as a luxury detail exclusive to this model. Its size, shape and structure make it ideal to be used day & night. In SS17, the must-have bag of the collection will be available in three different types of leather and a variety of colours; a bag made of top-quality materials and with the most refined finishes. The result is an elegant ......read more

‘Growing Together' … Kalimat's Message to Society on their Tenth Anniversary…

Series of celebratory events being held on the side-lines of Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival  Sharjah, 22 April 2017 To mark 10 years of success in publishing, Kalimat Publishing House – a Kalimat Group subsidiary, chose World Book Day 2017 to organise a series of celebratory events under the slogan, ‘Growing Together’ at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2017). The celebrations were as much for the generation of readers who have grown up reading Kalimat’s titles, as well as authors; some of who debuted with Kalimat in 2007. Kalimat organised a series of activities showcasing its experiences in the children’s book market, and interactive workshops that explored new storytelling and performing methods. Among other ......read more

Sharjah Book Authority and National Library of Serbia Sign MoU at SCRF 2017…

Step to strengthen ties with one of East Europe’s best public libraries  Sharjah, 22 April 2017:  In a bid to exchange literary prowess and build cross-cultural bridges, Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) and National Library of Serbia (NLS) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pave the way for effective strategic collaborations in cultural and literary areas. This landmark step was taken at the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (SCRF 2017), running at Sharjah’s Expo Centre until 29 April.  The agreement is a culmination of a series of meetings between SBA and NLS officials over the past years – all aimed at boosting collaboration and highlighting the other’s cultural, literary and artistic products at exhibitions, book ......read more

ArabianTravel Market: New partnerships and tailored services for Middle Eastern guests…

FROM TAILORED SERVICES TO EXPANDED VILLAGES, THE COLLECTION OF VILLAGES BY CHIC OUTLET SHOPPING® OFFER  GUESTS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY EVERY DAY™   New partnerships, tailored services for Middle Eastern guests and an expanding Bicester Village are unveiled at this year’s ATM Dubai, April 22, 2017:  Chic Outlet Shopping® extends a warm summer welcome to Middle Eastern guests as it showcases its continued commitment towards expanding hospitality and services. Over the summer, new boutiques will open across the Collection of Villages, together with exclusive pop-up boutiques and late night opening hours with live entertainment. In autumn 2017 around 30 additional boutiques and two restaurants/cafés will open in Bicester Village near London, ......read more

Top Ten Finish for UAE Team Emirates' Diego Ulissi at 81st La Flèche Wallonne…

Ulissi finishes 10th at The Walloon Arrow and looks ahead to Liège–Bastogne–Liège Dubai, UAE, April 22, 2017:  UAE Team Emirates’, all-rounder Diego Ulissi finished in top 10 at - La Flèche Wallonne – on Wednesday 18 April 2017 which was won by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). The 200.5 kilometers race starting from Binche concluded on the steep Mur de Huy. The dramatic finale saw Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) attempting a solo breakaway that was quickly neutralized by the other teams when they caught up with him in the last kilometer. Ulissi maintained his performance and was consistently in the front of the peloton.  Reflecting on the race, the Italian all-rounder Ulissi said: “I had a feeling today was going to be a good day despite it being ......read more

Joyalukkas Opens a world of choice in Al Ahsa…

Joyalukkas, world’s favorite jeweller, in it’s sparkling growth story, has reached another important milestone. The Al Ahsa showroom of Joyalukkas is 9th showroom in KSA and will be opening on 26th  April, 2017 at AL AHSA, KSA. A grand opening with amazing inaugural offers like Free 2 gram gold coins on purchase of Diamond, Polki and Pearl Jewellery worth SR 5,000, Free 1 gram gold coin on purchase of Diamond, Polki and Pearl Jewellery worth SR 3,000 and Free quarter gram gold coin on purchase of gold & precious Jewellery worth SR 3,000. Making the opening even more special will be the 0% deduction on Gold Exchange.  The Joyalukkas AL AHSA, KSA showroom will showcase the exclusive brands of Joyalukkas, such as Veda Temple Jewellery, Pride Diamonds, ......read more

Gold on French election alert, oil remains fragile…

By Ole Hansen   Head of Commodity Strategy / Saxo Bank Commodities markets have seen big swings during the past month Farm commodities under pressure from supply overhang and speculative selling Precious metals surged around Easter on spike in geopolitical concerns Gold is back testing key resistance, but could be in for short-term correction Surprise jump in US gasoline stocks rattled oil-market bulls Big commodity swings have been witnessed during the past month, not least in the farm sector where bloated global stocks and the prospect of another bumper year — weather permitting — have led to heavy selling by hedge funds across both soft commodities and grains. The latter have been hit particularly hard with a net short now seen in all of the key ......read more

The opening of the tenth Autism Week at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi…

Under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan The tenth Autism Week is held at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi In collaboration with Emirates Center for Autism and Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry  22 April 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE Held under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development of the UAE, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (The Mall at WTCAD), the community mall in the heart of Abu Dhabi, has partnered with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Emirates Autism Center to host its tenth Autism Week, from 20th-24th. The aim of the interactive five-day children’s festival is to raise awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder, which currently ......read more

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