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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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First Half of DSF Generates Upswing in Economic Activity…

Dubai, UAE 18 January 2017:  The first half of Dubai Shopping Festival 2017 has led to an upswing in activity across various sectors in Dubai including retail, hospitality and financial services, and given a boost to ancillary services such as money exchange houses and travel agencies. Shopping malls, international brands and hotels, as well as travel operators, exchange houses and many other support services have been making the most of the festival’s 22ndedition, which started on 26 December and runs until 28 January, offering residents and visitors an enriching shopping experience created by a combination of incredible deals, life-changing prizes and world-class entertainment. Organised by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department ......read more

Finnair adds Havana, Goa, Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Plata for winter 2017, increases frequencies ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  In line with its growth strategy, Finnair has today announced that it is expanding for the winter 2017 season with new scheduled flights to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico, Havana in Cuba, Goa in India and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. In addition, Finnair will be adding extra frequencies to many of its popular winter holiday and business destinations in Asia.  Between November 19 and March 18, Finnair will fly a new scheduled weekly flight to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The flight will be operated on Sundays with Finnair’s new A350 aircraft. Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourism region on Mexico’s Pacific Ocean coast.  Between November 30 and March 22, Finnair will fly a new scheduled weekly flight to Puerto Plata in the ......read more

REDTAG opens doors to its new store in the UAE in Al Wahda, Sharjah on Thursday, January 19th at ...…

WHAT: REDTAG, the region’s favourite value fashion and lifestyle brand will open one of their biggest stores in the UAE, located on Al Wahda Street in Sharjah. WHERE: REDTAG store Al Wahda Street Opposite City Centre Sharjah Sharjah, UAE  WHEN: Ribbon cutting at 10am WHY: Come down and celebrate the opening of the biggest REDTAG store in the UAE with special offers of 25% off and the chance to win one of ten iPhone 7s.  MEDIA OPPS: Press interviews available upon request.   CONTACT: Members of the media can RSVP by sending an email to mroberts@webershandwick.com or by calling 050 647 3755. ...read more

Home Centre Offers Creative Gifting Options for Valentine's Day…

Dubai-UAE: 18 January, 2017:  Home Centre, the largest home retailer in the Middle East, offers shoppers a wide variety of gifts to spoil their loved ones this Valentine’s Day.  Customers can choose from a delightful range of decorative items including carved sculptures, tripod clocks and spectrum tealight holders. The store also offers an assorted selection of classy photo frames, ideal for creating a romantic collage of a couple’s special moments, and LED lights to spread the warmth and set the tone for the day.  The vibrant Valentine’s collection is available across all Home Centre outlets in the region as well as online. ...read more

Preparing for 2019 Abu Dhabi World Energy Congress, the Organizing Committee appointed the Project ...…

18 January 2017, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Attended by His Excellency Eng. Suhail Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy and Chair of the UAE National Committee, His Excellency Dr Matar Al Neyadi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Energy and the Chair of the Organizing Committee signed today the Project Management Office (PMO) contract with Energy Events Experts (E3) to support the work of the Committee and ensure the efficient delivery of this milestone event for the UAE energy sector.  Held every three years and positioned as the flagship event of the World Energy Council, the World Energy Congress is the longest-running and most influential energy event in the world, covering all aspects and scopes of the energy sector across the world. The Congress brings together Heads of State, ......read more

7th Emirates Otorhinolaryngology Audiology and Communication Disorders Congress In Joint Meeting ...…

Under the patronage of H. H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Dubai, UAE – January 18, 2017:  Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and President of Dubai Health Authority, the 7th Emirates Otorhinolaryngology Audiology and Communication Disorders Congress (EROC) kick started today at the InterContinental Hotel, Festival City. The Emirates Otorhinolaryngology Audiology and Communication Disorders Congress is held in collaboration with the French ENT Society contributing the finest speakers and experts in high-precision specializations to add more value to the Congress. The conference was inaugurated in the presence of H.E. Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of the ......read more

UAE Rain Enhancement Program Hosts First-ever International Workshop on Rain Enhancement Science ...…

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 18 January, 2016:  The UAE Research Program for Rain Enhancement Science hosted its first ever International Research Progress Workshop on Rain Enhancement on 18 and 19 January at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.  The two-day International Workshop, which was attended by leading scientists from renowned global and local institutions, presented an overview of the newly awarded research projects from the Second Cycle of the Program, showcased updates on the First Cycle awardees’ research projects, and provided a forum for discussion of the innovative technologies needed to tackle water security challenges globally. The Workshop started with opening remarks from Dr. Abdullah Al Mandoos, Director of the ......read more

Estidama Villa Products Database Ownership Transferred from Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council to Abu ...…

QCC to Focus on Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Certification Schemes to Promote Sustainable Built Environment Abu Dhabi-UAE: 18 January, 2017:  The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) will be transferring ownership of Estidama Villa Products Database (EVPD) to Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council. This transition has been decided by Abu Dhabi Government in order to utilize QCC capabilities to enhance product quality and to build upon the successful implementation of the Estidama Pearl Rating System. Estidama represents the vision to create a sustainable Abu Dhabi with one of its key components being the Pearl Rating System (PRS) which is the Arab world’s first sustainability rating system designed to assess the sustainability performance of buildings, ......read more

Winter 2017: Finnair adds flights to popular winter destinations in Lapland, including new non-stop ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  Finnair has today announced that it will start flying non-stop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zürich from mid-December 2017 until the end of March 2018. The ski and holiday resorts in Kittilä and Ivalo are attracting an increasing number of international travelers and the area is well-known for its beautiful nature, winter activities and opportunities to experience Aurora Borealis, the northern lights. Finnair will fly two weekly flights between London’s Gatwick airport and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays, one weekly flight between Zurich and Kittilä on Saturdays, one weekly flight between Frankfurt and Kittilä on Tuesdays and one weekly flight between Paris CDG and Kittilä on Tuesdays. The ......read more

PepsiCo Highlights the Importance of Partnerships, Innovation in Water Management at the ...…

Event closely aligned with PepsiCo’s commitment to responsible water stewardship PepsiCo pledges to provide access to safe water to an incremental 16 million people in water-stressed areas over the next decade  PepsiCo plans to improve water-use efficiency by 25% globally in direct manufacturing operations, and replenish local watersheds New expert report from Booz Allen Hamilton warns warns that half the world’s population will be without adequate access to water within the next decade Dubai, UAE - 18 January, 2017:  PepsiCo, the global food and beverage company, is a partner of the International Water Summit (IWS), highlighting the company’s commitment to responsible water stewardship in the Asia, Middle East and North Africa (AMENA) region and ......read more

BlackBerry is no longer about the smartphone as it completes major shift to software and the ...…

Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:   Over the last few years, BlackBerry has transitioned to a security software and services company that is dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things (EoT). The Enterprise of Things is the network of intelligent connections within the enterprise. It is a collection of devices, computers, sensors, trackers, equipment and other ‘things’ that communicate with each other.  The Internet of Things is emerging as one of the most significant developments of our time. Connecting people and things will be the new norm for consumers, but behind the scenes, it is transforming how enterprises develop, market, distribute and sell products. Data breaches and cyber security threats continue to challenge businesses around the world – with ......read more

Tadweer's Waste Management Solutions Forum attracts key decision makers and industry experts…

The forum is being held in parallel to the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi  H.E. Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi: “The implementation of waste management plan is one of the main pillars of Abu Dhabi’s national waste policy” Abu Dhabi, 18 January 2017:  Tadweer (Center  of  Waste Manage – Abu Dhabi) concluded today its  Waste Management Solutions Forum,  organized as part of EcoWASTE 2017 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.  A significant number of key decision makers and experts in waste management and various municipalities from the Middle East and North Africa participated in the event. During his opening speech, H.E. Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager of Tadweer (Center of Waste Management-Abu Dhabi) said: ......read more

Saeed Al Dhaheri: Securing smart cities is crucial…

UAE actively taking initiatives at federal, local and private levels to enhance cyber security More than half a million cyber attacks worldwide per minute DUBAI, January 18, 2017:  With a rapid increase in smart city initiatives worldwide, there is a strong need to form a clear cyber security structure, have a proper risk management plan and appoint Chief Information Officers at city levels in addition to taking other steps in order to secure smart cities, a senior IT expert has advised.  Dr. Saeed Al Dhaheri, Chairman of Smartworld, a joint venture between Etisalat and Dubai South, said cyber-attacks are getting more frequent and complicated, making enterprises and smart city echo systems more vulnerable.  Smart Cities industry is projected to be worth more than ......read more

Love is in the Wear with Blurred Lines, a romantic collection by international design label, Kara…

Kara, a high fashion prêt meets couture brand that has dignified the stages of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Show, Doha among others, introduces its Blurred Lines collection for the season An international design label created by award-winning designer, Kanchan Kulkarni, Kara is a Dubai-based women’s fast couture brand with an artistic blend of shapes and design from several cultures to pay homage to the global spirt of fashion Buy a Kara original at Vesimi, JBR or shop online. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 18, 2017:  Kanchan Kulkarni, designer and owner of the internationally famed fashion label, Kara, a high fashion prêt meets couture brand from Dubai beholding the multiethnic beauty of UAE as its muse, introduces her Blurred Lines collection to pay homage to ......read more

Jumbo Electronics to create unique Dubai Shopping Festival attraction in the shape of a shopping ...…

‘World’s Largest Display Of Gold Bars’ at Jumbo Electronics, Mall of the Emirates on 20 January Solid Gold PlayStation 4 up for grabs as part of #Jumboisgold campaign during DSF 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 January 2017:  This Dubai Shopping Festival, Jumbo the leading OmniChannel electronics retailer in the UAE teamed up with Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) organisers, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), Emirates Gold Refinery, and Brinks Global on an ambitious project to showcase something that has never been seen before by regular mall visitors. The vision was to engage a regular customer with a ‘WOW’ moment and spread the fun of shopping ......read more

UAE is the 1st country in the region with in-store availability of XperiaTM Ear, Sony's intelligent ...…

Dubai, Wednesday, 18th January 2017:  Sony Mobile Communications today announced today that Xperia Ear, a smart product from Sony Mobile, an in-ear personal assistant to help communicate and get things done via conversational voice interaction and simple head gestures, is now available in select UAE stores. The UAE thus becomes the first country in the Middle East where consumers can buy the Xperia Ear off the shelf. Priced at AED 799, the Xperia Ear is available in-store at Sony Boutique (Dubai Mall), Sharaf DG (Times Square) and Jumbo Electronics (Mall of the Emirates). Xperia Ear reads out incoming texts, WhatsApp or Facebook messages and allows you to initiate a response with a simple nod and then reply instantly with your voice. Xperia Ear has a full-day of battery life ......read more

Bekele to Lead Runners Through the 200,000 Mark at Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon…

Dubai, UAE, January 18, 2017:  When the 2017 Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon takes to the city streets on Friday (January 20), more than 200,000 runners will have taken part in the annual IAAF Gold Label event since its debut in 2000. It’s an indication of how far both the event and the city of Dubai has developed since the turn of the 21st century when just 249 athletes took part in the first Marathon and 1,046 and 523 runners entered the 10km Road Race and the Fun Run (at the time a 3km race) respectively.    This weekend, more than 30,000 runners are expected to take part in the three races staged during the Middle East’s biggest mass participation event. And fittingly it will be Ethiopian running legend Kenenisa Bekele – a three-time Olympic ......read more

Deloitte: Private sector investments in Saudi Arabia education sector in the spotlight…

KSA, 18 January, 2017:  Greater private sector engagement in education reform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expected in coming years as the country proceeds with its Vision 2030 and National Transformation Program (NTP), which set out ambitious targets for economic development and greater fiscal balance. Reform of the education sector is integral to Vision 2030 as a means to improve employment opportunities for young Saudis, and the Saudi government has allotted an additional budget that is recognized in the Vision 2030 budgets in order to support the reform process. As a strategic partner for the “Investment & Finance in Educational Buildings” Conference in Riyadh, Deloitte shared its wide-ranging regional and global experience on public-private sector ......read more

Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre hosts Abu Dhabi reception…

Introducing the new centre to the Abu Dhabi maritime sector Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 18, 2017:  The Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC) hosted the first of its series of 2017 events in the UAE Capital, Abu Dhabi to further promote its services to local maritime stakeholders. Taking place on Wednesday January 18 at Jumeirah Etihad Towers, the event featured a panel of key speakers from EMAC, including: Vice Chairman and Secretary General, Majid Bin Bashir; Captain Mohamed Juma al Shamisi, member of EMAC Board of Trustees and CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports; Richard Briggs, member of EMAC Board of Trustees and partner at Hadef & Partners; and Edward Newitt, member of EMAC Board of Trustees and partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP. With an audience of legal professionals and ......read more

Ministry of Health Opens Connected Solar Clinic Donated by Siemens Stiftung…

To enhance healthcare in refugee-populated Mafraq Amman, January 18, 2017:  Deputizing for Minister of Health H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Al-Sheyyab, Director of the Planning Department at the Ministry of Health Dr. Basheer Al Qaseer officially inaugurated the Connected Solar Clinic, a first-of-its-kind health facility enabling a superior level of medical services in off-grid settings, in Mafraq Governorate on Wednesday 18 January, 2017. Donated by Siemens Stiftung – a non-profit foundation established by Siemens AG – and designed and implemented by SOLARKIOSK, the clinic adds to the capacities of the Jordanian Ministry of Health in the bordering region to Syria, where medical facilities for residents and Syrian refugees struggle to meet the public’s needs.  The ......read more

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