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    Over 1,700 projects worth USD 1 trillion fall under China's ambitious One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR)

    Annual Investment Meeting 2019 to host AIM-OBOR Forum Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 March 2019:   With more than 1,700 projects worth USD 1 trillion, China’s ambitious One Belt, One Road Initiative aims to positively impact 4.4 billion people, or 65 percent of the world’s population that equals to about 40 percent of the global gross domestic product (GDP). Spanning across to 70 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania, the One Belt, One Road Initiative has been allocated over $340bn in construction contracts secured by Chinese companies. These statistics were released in conjunction with the upcoming Annual Investment Meeting which will be held from 8th to 10th April in Dubai focusing on ‘Mapping the Future of FDI: Enriching World Economies through Digital Globalization. ’This year, ......read more

    Dubai WoodShow attracts more than 7300 visitors, USD 70 million in business deals

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 21 March 2019: Concluding three days of trade exhibition, Dubai WoodShow 2019 closed on a grand note on14thMarch2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The show also recorded onsite deals worth USD 70 million.  The record-breaking show is the largest wood and wood machinery exhibitor showcase in the Middle East, which accommodated over 240 exhibitors from 45 countries with 48 first-time participants, 192 repeat exhibitors and a packed show of over 530 brands. “The record number of exhibitors and visitors for this year’s show underscores Dubai WoodShow’s popularity in the Middle East and across the world. It also reflects the healthy performance and confidence of the industry and its vital role as a major driver for a healthier global economy,” said Walid Farghal, Director ......read more

    Celebrate Mother's Day with Sahara Centre and Win vouchers for a Home Make-over

    Customers only have to spend AED200 at Sahara Centre outlets to receive raffle coupons for the draw on March 24. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 19 March 2019:   With Mother’s Day around the corner, this is the perfect time to shower your love for your mother with Sahara Centre, Sharjah’s leading retail, dining, entertainment and leisure destination, giving you added reason to celebrate this momentous occasion.  From March 10 to 24, 2019, shoppers at Sahara Centre will receive a raffle coupon upon spending only AED200 to win one of eight home store gift vouchers worth AED5,000 each for a home make-over. Furthermore, female customers who spend AED200 between 10 AM and 1 PM have the opportunity to double their chances of winning as they receive two coupons instead of one. The digital draw will be held on ......read more

    IKEA wins big at Dubai Lynx Awards 2019

    ‘End the everyday drama’ wins multiple awards for its unique concept and creativity Dubai, UAE, March 19, 2019:  In the recently held Dubai Lynx Awards 2019, IKEA took home four awards for its unique and creative campaign “End the everyday drama” where the region’s favorite Swedish home furnishing retailer demonstrated how small, niggling annoyances can upset our daily routine and quickly turn melodramatic.  The series was applauded at the 2019 Dubai Lynx Awards, one of the most coveted awards in the region for creative excellence. Judged by a jury consisting of the best in the industry, Lynx awards acknowledges and awards agencies for their most unique ideas that span across categories such as Film, Film Craft, Design, Digital, Direct, Public Relations and more. The series won two Dubai ......read more

    Retail Leaders Circle MENA Summit to Reveal How Business Transformation is No Longer Optional

    Transform or Die! Dubai, UAE, 19 March 2019:  A recent study published in partnership with The Retail Leaders Circle MENA, showed that digital transformation is the biggest focus for Retail CEOs in the GCC. With the emergence of e-commerce, reduced consumer spending and new malls opening every quarter, it has never been more important for brands and mall operators to capture the attention and spending power of the modern consumer.   The 5th Edition of the Retail Leaders Circle MENA Summit returns to Dubai on 25th-26th March at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeriah Beach to provide a platform for the region’s thought leaders to discuss the future of the retail and commerce industry.  The agenda for the upcoming event has been published online with highlights including talks such as ‘Executive ......read more

    Emirates Glass brings together industry experts for International Architectural Glass Conference

    Dubai, UAE, 18 March 2019:   Emirates Glass, a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC and one of the largest processors of flat architectural glass in the Middle East, hosted the annual International Architectural Glass Conference at Dubai Investments House, an open forum of dialogue and discussion that gave glass professionals insight into a number of important industry topics including lessons from the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, security glazing, and acoustic glazing. The all-day event, held in cooperation with the Glass and Glazing Federation MENA region (GGF), brought together industry experts and speakers from a range of international firms from the US, UK, Europe and the region, to present to over 130 delegates on a broad range of subjects.   One session focused on the causes and lessons learned from the ......read more

    Paperworld Middle East 2019 opens in Dubai with 305 exhibitors from 42 countries

    ‘More than Paper’ theme at three-day exhibition underlined by growing product portfolio, value-added special features  Dubai, UAE, March 18, 2019:   Paperworld Middle East, the region’s largest international trade fair for stationery, paper, gifts and office supplies, opened today (18 March) in Dubai, featuring 305 exhibitors from 42 countries. Running for three days at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the annual showcase was opened by H. E. Butti Saeed Al Ghandi, Second Vice-Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre. With a new ‘More than Paper’ theme for 2019 and beyond, the 9th edition of Paperworld Middle East opens with an expanded product offering, underlined by its co-location with Leatherworld, where 23 exhibitors are presenting their latest finished ......read more

    Children get a chance to win a Diamond Set for mothers during 8-day Fest

    Bawabat Al Sharq Mall celebrates Mother's Day Dubai, UAE, March 18, 2019:  Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Abu Dhabi's premier family shopping and leisure destination, celebrates this year's Mother's Day with a difference.  Titled "Gift your Mom the brightest surprise this Mother's Day" the 8-day celebrations will put to test the creative skills of children of the shoppers visiting the mall.  They get chances to design a Mother's Day greeting card for their mothers. Every card design entitles the child for a raffle draw coupon. The winner gets a diamond set for his or her mother as the grand surprise.   The card design competition will take place at the Kids Activity Area at the First Floor. Additionally, the children will be treated to a whole load of fun activities which ......read more

    The S Hotel Al Barsha to Debut at Arabian Travel Market

    UAE is set to welcome 8.92 million visitors  from top five source markets by 2023 March 17, 2019, Dubai, UAE:   Dubai-based hotel chain The S Hotel Al Barsha has confirmed its participation in Arabian Travel Market 2019, the international travel and tourism event unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. The event will run from April 28 to May 1, 2019 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Shailesh Grover, General Manager of The S Hotel Al Barsha, said: “We are glad to take part in Arabian Travel Market.  As the region’s leading travel fair, ATM offers us a fabulous platform to introduce and showcase our first The S Hotel in the Middle East, The S Hotel Al Barsha.” “As the global meeting place for the ......read more

    Sahara Centre Welcomes Customers with the ‘Win Wheels with Meals' Campaign

    Visitors can win a Polaris Slingshot through a raffle draw upon spending AED100 at any restaurant on 2nd Level, East Atrium Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 14 March 2019: Sahara Centre, Sharjah’s leading retail, dining, entertainment and leisure destination, is hosting a delightfully delectable ‘Win Wheels with Meals’ campaign that offers plenty of culinary attractions set to satiate all palates in addition to the opportunity to win a Polaris Slingshot, until May 30, 2019.  With the campaign which started on 25th February till 30th May, shoppers who spend AED100 at any of the restaurants on 2nd Level, East Atrium, will receive a raffle coupon to enter the draw for the Polaris Slingshot, when they present their invoice and register their details at the customer service desk.  Day-time shoppers can ......read more

    A Look Inside Abu Dhabi's $1.2BN Reem Mall

    A unique approach to interior design and ambiance set to deliver a never-before-seen visitor experience Abu Dhabi, UAE, 13 March 2019:   With an interior design inspired by Abu Dhabi’s rich natural surroundings, the upcoming Reem Mall promises to deliver a truly unique customer experience when it opens its doors in late 2020. The developers behind the $1.2bn project today offered the first glimpse of some of the key design features inside Abu Dhabi’s new retail, leisure and entertainment destination. Echoing Abu Dhabi’s vibrant mangrove forests, the vast salt flats and their awe inspiring crystal formations, the Mall will have a localized uniqueness and specific character enveloped in the history of Abu Dhabi.  In line with this direction, the mall has been divided into three distinct areas ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies opens redesigned TOTO showroom and Technical Centre in Dubai

    Dubai, UAE, March 13, 2019:   To cater to the growing demand for sanitary ware in the UAE, Al-Futtaim Engineering and Technologies, a multi-disciplinary engineering organization, has opened its totally redesigned exclusive TOTO showroom and Technical Centre in Dubai.  Located on Salah Al Din street in Deira, the showroom features a Technical Centre and the latest products from the Japanese brand. Present at the opening were senior management from Al-Futtaim Engineering and TOTO including Abdallah Hageali, Group Director – Mixed-Use Real Estate & Hospitality, Al-Futtaim, Murali S, Managing Director of Al Futtaim Engineering & Technologies, Wasim Haider, General Manager of Sales and Trading at Al-Futtaim Engineering & Technologies, Daisuke Endo, General Manager, TOTO Asia Oceania (Middle East Branch) and ......read more

    GROHE Shapes the Future of Water with a record number of innovations at ISH 2019

    3D printing will revolutionize the water experience at home Bathroom and kitchen solutions complement latest trends with vast range of color finishes across all draw off points, flush plates and accessories  From smart home to smart buildings: creating an intelligent ecosystem for water security and water management  13 March 2019:   Consumers are fundamentally changing how they define and use their living spaces. GROHE has identified five mega trends: Consumers have risen from passive consumption to taking control over the creation of new living spaces and have become creators themselves in seeking simplicity and intelligent product solutions. Today, more than ever, product innovation and design depend on an empathetic understanding of these trends as consumers are inclined to choose integrated ......read more

    PwC: Digital transformation, cost optimisation and restructuring top of mind for Middle East retail CEOs this year

    New PwC report launches in conjunction with MENA’s Retail Leaders Circle ahead of their event on March 25th & 26th   11 March 2019, Dubai UAE:   PwC’s latest report Navigating the New Retail Reality: views of Middle Eastern retail CEOs, created in collaboration with The Retail Leaders Circle MENA, has launched today ahead of the upcoming annual summit.    As the knowledge partner of The 5th Retail Leaders Circle MENA, PwC will publish the report as part of two pieces of research on the MENA retail industry. The second report will provide Middle East consumer insights from PwC’s 2019 Consumer Insights Survey and will be exclusively released at the summit, which takes place from 25th-26th March at the Four Seasons Resort in Dubai, UAE.   The report sets out the views of ......read more

    Ikea Brings Simple Solutions to Everyday Drama

    United Arab Emirates, March 11th, 2019: Most people will agree, drama is best left to TV. However, the small, niggling annoyances that upset our daily routine can easily and quickly escalate into melodrama, making us feel like we are living in our very own soap opera. Sleepy after a disruptive night tossing and turning with your uncomfortable pillow? Can’t find a matching pair of smiley socks before an important meeting at work? IKEA, the region’s favourite Swedish home furnishing brand, recognizes the growing need for efficiently functioning homes – organised bathrooms that help us get ready quickly every morning, the ability to get a good night’s sleep, enough storage for our many socks and scarves – all vital elements that help people create living spaces that allow them to easily recharge and get ready ......read more

    All Roads lead to Abu Dhabi for the 26th PIARC World Road Congress 2019

    Abu Dhabi will host the 110-year-old event following a successful bid by the Department of Transport (DoT)  5,000 delegates from 120 countries and more than 40 government ministers are expected to attend the 26th World Road Congress Five-day forum will focus on the headline theme of ‘Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies’ Abu Dhabi, March 11, 2019:   Thousands of the world’s foremost experts in road infrastructure, transport and technology will descend on Abu Dhabi this October for the first ever World Road Congress to be held in the Middle East.   Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Congress comes as the United Arab Emirates was recognized by the World ......read more

    Strata Continues to Invest in UAE Youth Innovation and Empowerment

    Al Ain-based aerospace manufacturer kicks off month-long youth outreach programme in partnership with Think Science and the Tawteen 360°Student Forum Al Ain, UAE – 11 March 2019:   Strata Manufacturing, the advanced composite aero structures manufacturing company wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, has participated in a nationwide outreach programme to further empower UAE youth by contributing in initiatives led by Think Science and the Tawteen 360° Student Forum. The Al Ain-based company will tour six emirates to host a series of motivational talks and workshops focused on educating and encouraging Emirati youth to engage with science, technology and innovation as part of Think Science – a programme set up by the UAE Ministry of Education and Abu Dhabi Department of Education and ......read more

    Blueground Tops $28 Million Funding and Continues Exponential Growth in Dubai

    The leading real estate tech company expands its network of tech-enabled apartments in Dubai from 150 to 400 apartments in 2018 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 6, 2019: Blueground, leading real estate tech company, announced securing a total of $28 million in funding (102.8 million AED). Constantly investing in technology and growth, the company’s latest funding round also includes participation of prominent New York City-based tech entrepreneur Kevin Ryan – who joined the company’s Board of Directors. Among other investors were well-established venture capital funds, namely, UAE-based Jabbar Internet Group, VentureFriends and Endeavor Catalyst. The company leases more than 400 ready-to-move-in apartments in Dubai and aims to become its biggest tenant by the end of 2019.  The close of the latest funding ......read more

    Robinsons supports emerging local talent with the launch of the third Edition of ‘THE COLLECTOR'

    New and exclusive collections unveiled at unique space in collaboration with the Dubai Design and Fashion Council Dubai, UAE, March 06, 2019: In support of emerging local talent, Robinsons – the UAE’s largest department store has launched its third edition of THE COLLECTOR, a unique space dedicated exclusively to featured local designer collections. The platform, located on the first floor of the department store and created in partnership with the Dubai Design and Fashion Council, sees two local talents showcase their homeware collections. This edition of THE COLLECTOR features pieces by MMAC Design Associates and Helena Bjaj Larsen, which will be showcased for the next three months.  “Robinsons is a space that combines unique and on-trend pieces from some of the best designers and is curated beautifully to ......read more

    Deloitte GCC Powers of Construction 2018 report - Has the industry turned the corner?

    5 March, 2019 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates:  Deloitte has launched the 2018 edition of the annual GCC Powers of Construction report, in which experts consider whether the industry has turned the corner, and how it could benefit from adopting alternative project delivery methods, and shares perspectives on the smart development of tomorrow’s cities.  The report highlights the challenges that affect the GCC construction sector and the importance of embracing change through more balanced contractual relationships; greater stakeholder collaboration focused on delivery; a sensible approach to risk allocation; quicker ways to resolve disputes; innovative delivery models; and the adoption of global standards that will prove attractive to international project financiers and investors. “Deloitte’s GCC ......read more

    Tata Communications appoints Sumeet Walia as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

    Dubai – March 5th, 2019 - Tata Communications, a leading global digital infrastructure provider, announces the appointment of Sumeet Walia as its Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. In this role, Sumeet will lead and align the global sales and marketing functions around the company’s go-to-market strategy to drive business growth in all markets worldwide. Commenting on the appointment, Vinod Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, Tata Communications, said: “Sumeet is an accomplished business leader who has the ability to continuously adapt and understand the dynamic business environment in which we operate with a proven track record. With his understanding of our business, industry and culture, I am confident that Sumeet will successfully lead the market efforts as we drive growth and greater momentum for our customers and ......read more

    Miral Marks a Major Step Towards Yas Bay Arena's Completion

    5 March 2019, United Arab Emirates: Miral, Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, marked a significant construction milestone at the Yas Bay Arena development with the installation of the arena’s longest roof truss. HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral, and Eng. Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral, marked the occasion by leaving their signatures on the roof truss of the arena before it was lifted into place. The first-of-its-kind multi-purpose indoor arena in Abu Dhabi, with a capacity of 18,000 is designed to accommodate large-scale and private events such as sporting competitions, corporate and MICE events, cultural performances, concerts, and other activities.  This Arena is an integral part of Yas Bay’s waterfront destination, which is part of a 14 million square feet mixed-use area that is also ......read more

    datamena Announces Role as Host Sponsor at Capacity Middle East 2019

    datamena is playing a key role in supporting the largest carrier event the Middle East   Dubai, UAE, 4th March 2019: datamena, the fastest growing carrier neutral hub and digital infrastructure platform based in the UAE to serve the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, from Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), has announced its participation as the host sponsor for Capacity Middle East 2019. Taking place from 5-7 March at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai, the highly-anticipated event is the annual flagship event for regional and international carriers operating in the Middle East and one of the largest carrier events in the world.   ‘A leading platform for leading solutions’   Farid Faraidooni, Deputy CEO – Enterprise Solutions, EITC, said: “As a leading platform bringing ......read more

    Scandinavian retail pioneer JYSK celebrates it's first birthday in the UAE

    JYSK the Danish home brand store celebrates its first birthday in the UAE.   Dubai, UAE, March 04, 2019:    Danish retail chain JYSK, celebrates its first birthday in the UAE with an impressive 12 months of business already in the bag.    JYSK, pronounced ‘yusk’, brought its unique brand of cutting-edge Scandinavian-designed home furnishings to the UAE with the opening of a flagship store in Umm Suqeim Street, Dubai and has continued to successfully soar, opening two more stores in neighbouring Burjuman Mall and City Centre Mirdif.    With almost 40 years of history, the first year celebrates not only a footprint in the sand for the UAE, but JYSK’s 50th country they have opened for business in as the company continues to expand into new markets. JYSK now ......read more

    Ibn Battuta Mall celebrates International Women's Day with free fitness sessions, gifts and dining rewards

    Register in advance for 8 March event Dubai, 4 March 2019: Ibn Battuta Mall is celebrating International Women’s Day with a special line-up of ladies’ experiences, including a free-to-attend workout by Fitness First, fragrant wellness products, dining rewards and more to mark the occasion on Friday, 8 March. Held at China Court from 9am to 11am, the free workout features Zumba and Pilates training led by experts from Fitness First, with the first 100 ladies who register also receiving reward tokens that include a free, three-day gym pass for Fitness First, a dining voucher for Nandos and gifts from Rituals, Life Pharmacy and Miniso outlets at Ibn Battuta Mall. Register via Ibn Battuta Mall’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page, or visit the customer service desk at China Court at 8.30am on 8 March to sign-up ......read more

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    7 Billion Sales Recorded by Consumer Cooperatives in the Country for the Year 2018

    Total Capital for Cooperative Societies in the Country amounted to about AED 2 Billion and 219 Million  March 04, 2019 - Dubai, UAE: The Consumer Cooperative Union revealed that the sales of Consumer Cooperatives in the UAE amounted to AED 6 Billion and 843 Million until the end of 2018. The number of shareholders in the cooperatives reached 76, 294, confirming the effectiveness of programs and plans implemented by the cooperatives with the confidence of the shareholders and consumers in products, goods and services offered by the cooperatives.  This came during a speech by ......read more

    Dragon Mart to shine bright at Middle East Electricity Exhibition

    Dubai, 4 March 2019: Dragon Mart – the world’s largest Chinese trading hub outside Mainland China – is bringing its tenants together to showcase an extensive range of lighting products at the Middle East Electricity Exhibition.  Exhibiting at the event for the first time, Dragon Mart will display a huge range of innovative lighting products, including energy-saving bulbs, LED lamps, chandeliers, ceiling lights, hanging lamps, surface mount lights, floodlights and outdoor wall lights.   Lighting is one of the biggest, most popular departments at Dragon ......read more

    Danube Home launches its 19th showroom in Jimi Mall, Al Ain

    March 02, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Regions fastest growing retailer Danube Home launched its 2nd showroom in Jimi Mall Al Ain in the retail park zone. The new launch is in line with its vision to expand its presence in the United Arab Emirates. The showroom is spread across 65, 000 sq feet area and is the biggest store of Danube Home in Al Ain. Present on the occasion was HH Sheikh Dr. Saeed bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, founder and chairman of Danube Group Mr Rizwan Sajan, Director Danube Group Mr Adel Sajan, MD Danube Group Mr Anis Sajan along with other senior management of the ......read more

    Al Ghurair Centre Celebrates International Women's Day

    Celebrating women from all walks of life with an exclusive literature, dance & art performances by renowned artists across UAE February 28, 2019 - Dubai, UAE On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Al Ghurair Centre, the GCC’s first shopping destination is hosting an event titled ‘Women Who Wow’ in collaboration with W2W events. The event is happening on 8th March 2019 at the Central Atrium & aimed to inspire and empower women by celebrating their successes and contributions. The event will witness the presence of renowned first Emirati ballerina ......read more

    IKEA Collection Launch | L3 - February 2019

    February 27, 2019 - Dubai, UAE IKEA are introducing a large selection of textiles, from quilt covers and towels to curtains and motorised roller blinds.  On the storage front, there are chests of drawers, fabric boxes and accessories for an existing wardrobe system.  The look of the launch continues into the kitchen, where graphic door fronts create a personalised touch.  Among the smaller products, a new stationery series invites creativity to the desk with its colourful, playful style.  Overall, it’s hard not to smile. ...read more

    Union Coop Declares AED 466 Million Profit for Fiscal Year 2018

    Chief executive officer: We have begun to sue brokers, rumour makers and private "WhatsApp" groups The News regarding Union Cooperative’s Share price is nothing but tendentious rumours    Digital Shift will eliminate the role of brokers and regulate the share price, connect it to the financial performance of the organization      February 27, 2019 - Dubai, UAE:   Union Coop, UAE’s largest Consumer Cooperative expected its financial results for the year 2018 with total revenue of AED 2.8 billion and a sales of AED ......read more

    Aldar Investments to Acquire Full Ownership of Etihad Plaza and etihad airways centre in aed 1.2 billion deal

    Transaction adds annualised AED 0.1 billion to net operating income First major acquisition for Aldar Investments Jassem Busaibe appointed Aldar Investments CEO Abu Dhabi, 27 February 2019: Aldar Investment Properties LLC (“Aldar Investments”) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire full ownership of Etihad Plaza and Etihad Airways Centre in an AED 1.2 billion transaction with Etihad Airways PJSC (“Etihad”). As part of the deal, Etihad will take 100% ownership of Etihad Airways HQ. The three properties were previously held in three 50/50 joint ......read more

    Emaar honours Fidu Properties with special incentive for support and partnership

    Dubai, February 25, 2019: Top-level officials of Emaar Properties PJSC recently made a surprise visit to Fidu Properties, one of the leading Chinese companies in the UAE property market, to express their gratitude and acknowledgment of the company’s support to Emaar’s real estate projects across the globe. The visit, which was unexpected,came close on the heels of Emaar honouring Fidu Properties at the Annual Brokers Award night. During the visit, Emaar also presented a token, post-dated bonus cheque of AED 1 million to Fidu Properties as a recognition of its partnership and ......read more

    SOUQ's ‘Everything For You Sale' is Back, Offering Savings Of Up To 70%

    Sale to run from Monday 25th to Thursday 28th of February with up to 70% off a wide range of products 25 February 2019: SOUQ is back with its biggest sale of the season, ‘Everything For You Sale’. From the 25th to the 28th of February, customers across the UAE, KSA and Egypt can enjoy up to 70% discounts on products for their lifestyle directly on www.souq.com or the SOUQ app. The fourth edition of SOUQ’s biggest sale of the season is designed to cater to every need of every customer, from fashion and beauty products, to home and gardening supplies to the latest ......read more

    UL and GCC Labs announce plans to establish façade testing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Dammam, Saudi Arabia, February 24, 2019:  UL and GCC Labs today announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at localizing fire and safety services and establishing a façade testing lab in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) that would offer services across the MENA region. The MoU recognizes a mutual commitment between global safety science firm UL, based regionally in Dubai, and its joint venture partner GCC Labs, based in Dammam, to explore the development of an agreement to build the first façade and fire testing facility in KSA along with other services, including ......read more

    Arjaan by Rotana Completes Successful Annual Roadshow Across GCC

    The hotel estimates an overall of 89% room occupancy in the Q1 2019 Dubai, United Arab Emirates (February 24, 2019) – Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai’s finest hotel apartments located in Media City, has successfully concluded its annual GCC roadshow across key markets in the region.   Showcasing its world-class hotel apartment and room facilities with a wide range of tailor-made services for industry partners, Arjaan by Rotana’s roadshows further established relationship with key partners across Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. The road show provided an excellent ......read more

    Ibn Battuta Mall hosts Pink Caravan clinic to raise awareness about breast cancer and early detection

    Free examinations until 2 March  Dubai, 21 February 2019: Ibn Battuta Mall is partnering with Pink Caravan to offer free clinical breast examinations and raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Held at China Court until 2 March, the Pink Caravan medical booth features a qualified doctor providing clinical examinations, a nurse teaching self-checks and an administrative assistant helping participants with the registration process from 4pm to 10pm daily. The clinic is part of the 10 day Pink Caravan Ride campaign – an annual event that ......read more

    Barij Munitions signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Emirates Steel at IDEX2019

    The new partnership is set to develop, promote and enhance the UAE’s defense manufacturing capabilities 21 February 2019 -  Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Barij Munitions, a subsidiary of Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Emirates Steel Company, the largest integrated steel plant in the UAE, to create a framework for mutual cooperation for the development and manufacturing of defense products. The MoU was signed at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2019), which is currently being held at the Abu ......read more

    The First S Hotel Officially Opens in Dubai

    21th February 2019, Dubai, UAE: The first S Hotel in the Middle East celebrates its grand opening in Dubai, with VIP guests and media gracing the grand ceremony.  A stylish and elegant retreat for modern travelers, The S Hotel Al Barsha is centrally located at the heart of the new lifestyle hub of the city – the Dubai Science Park in Al Barsha.  "We are pleased to launch The S Hotel Al Barsha, a new gem in Dubai’s growing travel and tourism scene," says Shailesh Grover, General Manager of The S Hotel Al Barsha. "We offer local residents, hotel guests ......read more

    Oriental Pearls hosts Spring Lantern Festival celebrations at site of upcoming Tonino Lamborghini Residences Dubai

    Dubai, 20 February 2019: Oriental Pearls hosted extravagant Spring Lantern Festival celebrations at the site of the iconic Tonino Lamborghini Residences Dubai. The Spring Lantern Festival is observed on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year festivities. This is the first major event by the developer targeting the High Net worth Chinese market, a rapidly growing segment in the UAE for premium residences in prestigious neighbourhoods.   The evening reception featured lion dances and other ......read more

    Enjoy thrilling outdoor activities with Dragon Mart's Bike and Camping Market

    Wide range of equipment and offers from 20 February   United Arab Emirates - February 20, 2019:  Make the most of the cooler weather and explore the scenic outdoors with Dragon Mart’s Bike and Camping Market, featuring a huge range of must-have cycling equipment, camping gear and accessories.  Following an incredible response to the standalone bike and camping events last year, Dragon Mart is bringing the two markets together for 2019, with special deals on all things cycling and camping from 20 February to 9 March.   Open daily from 10am to ......read more

    Registrations open for Dubai Festival City's Dragon Boat Challenge

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 20th February 2019: Dubai Festival City, Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate’s fully integrated mega project, is now accepting registrations for the Dragon Boat Challenge, set to be held on the 1st and 2nd of March.  The Challenge which will be held at the Marsa Plaza Creek is open for corporates, universities, schools and community groups across the UAE. Each team that registers will be given two one-hour training sessions with an international Dragon Boat Coach and all necessary equipment including the Dragon Boat, paddles and life jackets. Each team can ......read more

    MEFMA discusses impact of technology on facilities management in Middle East

    February 19, 2019: The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA), a non-profit association that provides a dedicated platform for facilities management (FM) professionals, wider construction industry stakeholders, and owner associations, recently concluded on a high note its workshop and networking event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Titled ‘Technology in FM and its impact on assets,’ the event held at Al Mugairen Hall - Riyadh Chamber convened top facilities management (FM) organizations from the Middle East to continue the discussions on the impact of intelligent tools ......read more

    Majan Exchange is now Joyalukkas Exchange

    19th February 2019, Dubai, UAE: Majan Exchange has been rebranded as Joyalukkas Exchange.  The rebranding is aimed at maintaining consistency across its Exchange business vertical and to give its patrons more confidence and trust with the group company’s brand name. Majan Exchange LLC Oman was acquired from Hatton National Bankby Joyalukkas Group in September 2013.  Post acquisition the business operations committed in January 2014 with just 2 branches and now have grown to 21 branches across the country. Speaking on the occasion of rebranding, Mr. Joy Alukkas, Chairman ......read more

    Mushrif Mall celebrates with Talentology 2019 Winners

    Grand Finale, attended by VIP’s and Pop Star Melissa attracts thousands to the Mall February 19, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The Grand Finale of the third edition of Talentology 2019 at Mushrif Mall Abu Dhabi attracted thousands of local residents and visitors as VIPs’, together with Lebanese Pop Star Melissa witnessed action packed recorded performances by the twelve entrants competing in two categories. The winners performed live to showcase their talent to the audience attending Talentology 2019 grand finale. The winner of the kid’s category, Vishnu Badrinath and dance ......read more

    Malabar Gold & Diamonds participated in ‘Innovate For Health' Exhibition conducted by Ministry of Health & Prevention Ajman Medical District

    ‘Innovate For Health’ Exhibition organised by Ministry of Health & Prevention Ajman Medical District was held on 14th February, 2019 at Al Zawra Area – Marina 1 Ajman.  H.H. Sheikh Dr. Majeed Bin Saeed Al Nuaimi – Head of Ajman Diwan, chief guest of the event visited the Malabar Gold & Diamonds CSR pavilion along with Mr. Ahmed Tariyam Al Shamsi – Director, MOH & Dr. Noora Al Shamsi – Assistant Director, MOH and appreciated Malabar Gold & Diamonds CSR activities in the Emirate of Ajman. Mr. Hamza KS, Manager – CSR, Malabar ......read more

    New Office Bearers of Gopio, Dubai Chapter

    KAMAL VACHANI ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN February 18, 2019 - Dubai, UAE The election of office bearers of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), Dubai Chapter was held on Saturday in the presence of H.E. Mr Vipul, Consul General of India, Dubai.  Mr Sunny Kulathakal, President, Gopio International and Mr IJ Pattaniparampil, Global Ambassador of Gopio, were present. Mr Kamal Vachani, Group Director, Al Maya Group has been elected as Chairman of Dubai chapter.  The other office bearers elected are Mr Ashish Metha, Vice Chairman, Dr Hussain P.K. President, CA. James ......read more

    Al Maya Features Philippine Products in Dubai

    In-store promotion of Philippine products at Al Maya Supermarkets February 17, 2019 - Dubai, UAE Vice Minister Abdulgani Macatoman of the Philippine Ministry of Trade and Industry and Consul General Paul Raymund Cortes of the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai graced the opening of Al Maya’s in-store promotion of Philippine products on Saturday. Al Maya organized the event in recognition of the patronage of Filipino consumers in the GCC, which makes the kabayans one of the supermarket’s leading customers in the UAE. Mr. Kamal Vachani, Group Director of Al Maya Group, ......read more

    The Retail Summit officially opens

    Dubai, UAE, 14 February 2019:  The Retail Summit was officially opened today with a welcome address by H.E. Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber Of Commerce & Industry.   Sir Richard Branson took to the stage on the first day as headline speaker at the new event, which runs until 14 February at Atlantis, The Palm.     Other industry heavyweight speakers include: • Huda Kattan, CEO and Co-Founder, Huda Beauty • Julia Goldin, CMO, Lego • Hans Christian Meyer, CEO, Tiger of Sweden • John Veichmanis, CMO, ......read more

    Smart Grids could save GCC Billions in infrastructure investment by 2020, says Middle East Electricity report

    Region’s Smart Grid Market to Reach US$ 1.68 Billion in Value by 2026 Dubai, UAE – 14 February, 2019: The GCC could save up to US$ 10 billion in infrastructural investment in the coming year through the use of smart grids, according to the MENA Power Industry Outlook.   The report, prepared by Ventures Onsite for Middle East Electricity, the world’s largest annual power industry trade platform, says the development of smart grids is “one of the most important steps towards improving electricity diversification and conservation in the GCC.” The report ......read more

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