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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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Evonik Launches Young Spirit School Campaign to Re-awaken Interest in Science…

24 June 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirate – Evonik, one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies, recently launched in the Arabian Peninsula a school campaign aimed at re-awakening the interest in science. “We always look for ways to contribute to the communities that we operate in. This was the reason we launched Young Spirit school campaign almost fifteen years ago in Germany where the company is headquartered” said Michael Wring, President of Evonik Gulf FZE, Middle East and North Africa. “As our global presence became more prominent, the concept of Young Spirit travelled from Germany to different locations across the world, and we are very pleased today to bring it to our region” Wring added. Young Spirit is an initiative ......read more

Xpress Money sees 12% rise in remittances in the first two weeks of Ramadan…

Season of generosity translates to more remittances to friends and family back home  Dubai, June 24, 2017:  Xpress Money, one of the world’s most dependable money transfer brands has recorded a 12% increase in remittances in the first two weeks of Ramadan as compared to the same period last year (first 2 weeks of Ramadan last year). The increase is reflected in outward remittances to South Asia, the Levant and other parts of the MENA region.  “Ramadan is the month of giving, and we traditionally witness that remittances back home to friends and loved ones increase during the month. This year, we have registered a 12% increase in remittances in the first two weeks of the holy month, and this figure may change once we tabulate data for the entire month ......read more

Eid Al Fitr 2017…

Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha are the two major festivals in Islam. Eid Al Fitr, or the 'festival of breaking fast', marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the beginning of Shawaal, the 10th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. Eid al-Fitr is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide. The religious Eid is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The date for the start of any lunar Hijri month varies based on the observation of new moon by local religious authorities, so the exact day of celebration varies by locality. The festival is celebrated by the 1.6 billion Muslims across the ......read more

New Collections at Grand Optics - Summer 2017…

Dubai, UAE, June 24, 2017:  Throughout its twenty years, Grand Optics has captured the imagination of customers across the GCC – and has offered the latest styles in eyewear and the most advanced technology in eyewear. Grand Optics has become a powerful household name in optics – the retail concept integrates a portfolio of luxurious and trendy eyewear brands with a focus on providing innovative vision solutions.  The Grand vision is to be the region’s leading luxury eyewear retailer and provider of innovative vision care. Grand Optics represents an extensive variety of luxury, designer, bridge and exclusive brands for clinical eyewear and sunglasses – as well as a wide range of high quality ophthalmic lenses, with comprehensive choice of coloured ......read more

Orpic B Defeat Rivals IMCO in 2017 SOHAR Cup Final…

Orpic B wins 6:5 over IMCO after penalty shoot out  More than 60 matches played over three weeks with 32 company teams participating Annual SOHAR Cup celebrates teamwork and health during the Holy Month  Orpic B fought their way to glory last night at Al Arabi field in Suhar, to be crowned 2017 champions of the annual SOHAR Cup football tournament. Now in its tenth year, the tournament has grown from small beginnings to become one of the key fixtures in the North Al Batinah region’s sporting calendar. After an exciting match, the B team from the national petrochemical and refining giants Orpic, defeated International Maritime College Oman, the Port’s vocational training academy, by a six goals to five in a tense penalty shoot out. Both Orpic and IMCO ......read more

‘ Halal Expo Dubai ' to Focus on the US$2.3 Trillion Global Halal Industry, Including $1.4 Trillion ...…

The 9th edition of the Halal Expo Dubai that takes place from Sept 18 and 19 at Roda Al Bustan Hotel, will focus on Halal standards, services and other human health benefits Date: June 24, 2017 Key Announcements: More than 100 organisations are expected to participate at the 9th Halal Expo – Dubai 2017, to take place at the Roda Al Bustan Hotel from Sept 18-19, 2017. Global Halal sector records an 8 per cent growth year-on-year to US$2.3 trillion Halal Expo to boost the UAE’s drive towards creating a Halal Economy and a centre of the global halal movement for clean, green and healthy life Annual spending in halal products and services is expected to touch $1.6 trillion annually by 2020, according to research  Dubai, UAE The global halal products ......read more

Entertainment, Prizes and Sales Galore! Yas Mall Reveals More Details of its 24 Hour Mega Sale…

Yas Mall celebrations will include a 24 hour Mega Sale plus giveaways including, a chance to win 1 million Etihad Guest miles by ADCB, Yas Mall Gift cards and more Abu Dhabi, UAE June 24th, 2017: Yas Mall, the leading destination for entertainment, retail and dining will launch the first ever 24 hour Mega Sale in Abu Dhabi this Sunday. To celebrate Eid Al Fitr Yas Mall will delight residents and tourists alike by opening from 10:00am on Sunday 25th June until 10:00am on Monday 26th. Opening around the clock, Yas Mall will be the place to celebrate Eid Al Fitr with its incredible mix of live entertainment, amazing prizes and 24 hour Mega Sale. During Yas Mall’s Mega Sale over 340 retailers will be open with exciting offers. To guarantee the best Eid Al Fitr festivities, Yas ......read more

Rendezvous Between Moon and Chronograph Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph…

Dubai, UAE, June 24, 2017:  The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph is the brand’s first watch to combine the hour and minute counters with the moon phase in a single subdial. Achieving this called for a development of the IWC-manufactured 89630 calibre. A silver-plated or gold-plated disc depicts the full moon in all its glory. At the same time, the rounded, dark blue section of the disc – representing the earth’s shadow – rotates to show the waxing or waning moon. With white gold particles sprinkled across the dark blue background, the subdial has the appearance of a star-studded night sky. The Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (Ref. IW392101/IW392103) is the first model in IWC’s history to combine a chronograph from the 89000 calibre ......read more

Emaar Malls Celebrates Eid al-Fitr with Family Friendly Activities Across the Long Weekend…

Families can enjoy the Eid al-Fitr weekend together, with The Dubai Mall and Dubai Marina Mall offering a host of fun activities for learning, discovery and play!  Virtual Reality Experience incredible VR amusement park rides, using Oculus goggles; you’ll be transported to feel like you’re riding on a crazy rollercoaster, or experience the thrill of skydiving, without your feet ever leaving the ground! This, and an opportunity to take a family portrait, will be at The Dubai Mall, between Grand and Souk Atriums, across the entire long weekend.  Arts & Crafts  Visit the Souk Atrium at The Dubai Mall for fun activities including, ceramic tile painting and a 3-hour Happy Box workshop, with exciting giveaways! Or visit to create customised Eid Greetings ......read more

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Launches Humanitarian Accelerators…

Accelerators dedicated to improving financial efficiency of humanitarian organisations; adapting advanced technology to serve the humanitarian sector. Dubai, UAE: 24 June, 2017:  UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum today launched the Humanitarian Accelerators, a first of its kind initiative in the Arab World which aims to gather skilled professionals in the cause of aiding the humanitarian sector. The accelerators will be dedicated to improving the financial efficiency of humanitarian organisations and leapfrogging conventional technology approaches in order to enhance the work of the humanitarian sector.  At the launch of the Humanitarian Accelerators at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, His Highness Sheikh ......read more

Maqta Gateway Reveals New Innovative Solutions covering Online Payment and Licensing Services…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, June 24, 2017:   Maqta Gateway a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, and the developer and operator of Maqta Port Community System (MPCS), has announced the launch of new innovative solutions including Maqta Payment Solution and Maqta License Management System.  The reveal took place during the Ramadan iftar hosted by Maqta Gateway, in the presence of representatives from the port community to celebrate joint achievements over the past year and the deployment of Maqta Gateway’s new solutions.  The company welcomed guests from Abu Dhabi Customs,  Abu Dhabi Terminals, government agencies, shipping agents  ,shipping liners, and key clients at Bab Al Qaser Hotel, Abu Dhabi to join in the evening’s ......read more

Vet warns of travel restrictions over the summer months…

Dubai, UAE, June 24, 2017:  With the end of the school year upon us, many families will be planning to leave Dubai’s hot summer until the cooler start of the school year in September. Dr Sara Elliott, at British Veterinary Hospital in Dubai, explains the restrictions pet owners will face with the increase in travel plans for pets. She said: “With the inevitable mass exodus over the summer we always have a huge increase of enquiries about pet travel arrangements. While it’s wonderful for your pets to be able to enjoy the great outdoors with mum, dad and the kids, there are some key elements pet owners need to be aware of from both a health and safety perspective for their pet as well as a legal one. Ideally pet owners will have planned in advance and pets will ......read more

Bin Sulayem inaugurates the new 7-star Port Rashid Customs Center…

Dubai, UAE, 24 June 2017:  Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation pointed out that leading organizations attain excellence through the exceptional services they provide to their clients. “Our success at the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation relies on our adoption to innovation and continual development as a daily practice and a corporate culture. This what has helped us gain our prestigious worldwide reputation and unprecedented achievements”.  During the launch of the new world-class Port Rashid Customs Center bin Sulayem reaffirmed the importance of facilitating the business and making the clients happy by providing smart services that add value to their trade. “This can ......read more

ENBD REIT Announces First Dividend Payment of USD 0.0382 per Share…

Annualised equivalent dividend yield is 7.1%  Dividends will be paid to shareholders on 12th July 2017  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 June 2017: ENBD REIT (CEIC) Limited (“ENBD REIT” or the “REIT”), the Nasdaq Dubai-listed Shari’a compliant real estate investment trust managed by Emirates NBD Asset Management, has announced its first dividend payment since listing on Nasdaq Dubai in March. The REIT will pay an interim dividend of USD 9,713,207, or USD 0.0382 per share. Shareholders must own shares in ENBD REIT before market close on 2nd July 2017 to be entitled to claim a dividend. The dividend record date will be 5th July 2017.  The dividend payment represents an annualized dividend yield of 7.13%, based on ENBD REIT’s ......read more

Gold Collagen® Hydrogel Mask with Second Skin Technology to Launch in Dubai in July 2017 From the ...…

June 2017 Dubai, U.A.E: Minerva Research Labs launches Gold Collagen® Hydrogel Mask in the Middle East. This innovative face mask is clinically proven to significantly reduce the appearance of signs of ageing, improve skin hydration along with skin radiance and luminosity, and help promote an even skin tone and reduce pigmentation.  With its “second skin” technology, Gold Collagen® Hydrogel Mask fits the soft facial contours perfectly. Upon contact with the skin, the Gold Collagen® Hydrogel Mask provides an immediate cooling effect and releases its advance formula directly onto the skin, once it reaches body temperature, facilitating the penetration of the active ingredients.  The unique water soluble bio-matrix mask encapsulates an advanced formula ......read more

16 UAE Team Emirates' Riders Will Participate in Their Respective National Championships…

A number of UAE Team Emirates’ riders will battle it out for their respective National Championships this week.  Individual time trial and road race events will be contested by 16 of our riders across four countries on Friday 23rd June and Sunday 25th June, with Przemysław Niemiec kicking things off on Friday as he goes in search of a Polish Road race title.  Champion riders earn the right to wear a distinctive jersey or skinsuit with their national colours on them for the next 12 months and later on have the colours of their nation adorning their sleeves.  Two of our riders National Champions this year with Jan Polanc becoming the new Slovenian Time Trial champion and Yousif Mirza the champion of the UAE's Road and Time Trial titles.   PLEASE FIND ......read more

Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council Opens New Retail Scale Verification Bureau in Al Ain…

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 22 June, 2017 – Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, the entity responsible for developing the quality infrastructure in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, has opened a new retail scale verification bureau in Al Ain as part of its continued efforts to meet the dynamic needs of its customers from the retail sector for high quality verification services in a timely and efficient manner. The bureau, which is the second of its kind in the emirate, offers the verification of retail scales with the capacity of up to 150 kg, which are widely used in the retailing of such products as meat, fish, vegetable, fruit, confectionery, among others. Business owners can bring their scales to the bureau to ensure their compliance with relevant technical requirements. The verification ......read more

Celebrate This Eid by Honouring your Loved Ones with a Special Gift…

Honor 8 lite and honor 6x make the perfect gifts for Eid! Honor, the number one smartphone e-brand by Huawei, has the perfect gifting solutions for you this Eid: two of its latest models, honor 6x and honor 8 Lite, with unrivalled design features at fabulous price points. The honor 6x, embodying the motto “Double the Experience” that millennials live and breathe breaks ground with its premium dual-lens rear camera, extended battery life and rock-solid performance. Honor 6x at 919 AED available at all major retailers in the UAE. The honor 8 Lite with the motto “Beauty at your reach”, gives you all the qualities you need without breaking the bank. Its eye-catching aesthetics and high-performance at an attractive price point is well suited for the ......read more

Prevent Dehydration From Air Travel…

Follow simple rules of thumb to stay well hydrated, which will make the flight a more pleasant part of your trip Dubai, UAE, June 22 2017: With schools breaking for summer holidays, chances are you’ve planned your upcoming vacation. You've spent hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars planning your vacation, but at most times long haul flights can be like a drain, sucking all the moisture out of your skin and leaving you feeling tired and dry. This is the last thing you want to experience, particularly when you arrive at your destination. In order to beat the jet lag and stay fresh and active, it’s important to stay hydrated on the flight and before boarding one! “Make sure that while on the flight, you stay well hydrated. Dehydration becomes a common and ......read more

Celebrate This EID Al Fitr with Fireworks at Dubai Festival City…

An action packed calendar of events to play out over the Eid weekend at Dubai Festival City Dubai, UAE, 22 June 2017: Visitors to Dubai Festival City this Eid-al-Fitr will be treated to a raft of family-friendly events and activities, including a spectacular fireworks display, to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr. Thousands of residents and tourists are expected to enjoy an array of free activities taking place over the weekend and throughout the week.  There will be plenty of surprises all throughout the day with roaming entertainment planned to watch and take part in. Visitors can look forward to a Harry Potter style dance troupe, Beauty and the Beast characters performing interactive choreography as well as a roller skating flash mob and Magical comedy performances. What to expect at ......read more

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