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DUBAI POLO GOLD CUP SERIES 2019 – SILVER CUP 2019

UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF:H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, we are pleased to announce SILVER CUP 2019

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Nine of the world’s best Polo teams and players have confirmed their participation of the Silver Cup 2019.
TEAMS:

Abu Dhabi Polo Team: (Patron) Faris Al Yabhouni

Bin Drai Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Bin Drai

Dubai Wolves: (Patron) Habtoor Al Habtoor

Desert Palm Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid AlBwardy

Ghantoot Polo Team: (Patron) Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Habtoor Polo Team: (Patron) Mohammed Al Habtoor

Mahra Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Al Habtoor

UAE Polo Team: (Patron)Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Zedan Polo Team: (Patron) Amr Zedan

Final Day Program:

12:00 pm Gates Open (Shopping Village, Kids Area & Picnic Area)

13:00 pm Hildon Subsidiary Cup

14:20 pm Entertainment Show and Games

14:40 pm Riding School Parade

14:55 pm UAE National Anthem

15:00 pm Silver Cup Final

17:00 pm Trophy Ceremony

General Admission: FREE

Public Parking: FREE

VIP Field Park: AED 150 (inclusive of VAT)

Silver Lounge table booking: AED 1500 minimum spend + VAT

Picnic Baskets:

AED 500 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) non-alcoholic

AED 800 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) including Bubbly

Asado Polo Brunch: call 435 4444 for booking

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INTRIGUING FINISHES ON THE CARDS

Jaguars take 188-run, first innings lead over Pride; Red Force under pressure against Hurricanes; Volcanoes, Scorpions in titanic battle

All three matches in the West Indies Championship seem headed for intriguing finishes after play on Sunday.

Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul helped bowl front-runners and four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars to a 188-run, first-innings lead over the star-studded Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval on the third day of the third round of matches, leaving the visitors to decide overnight if to enforce the follow-on.

Meantime, Rovman Powell, the WINDIES One-day International captain for the Tour of Bangladesh last month, snared two scalps to leave the Windward Islands Volcanoes pursuit of 287 for victory delicately poised against the Jamaica Scorpions in their day/night contest at Sabina Park.

And, first innings century-maker Montcin Hodge fashioned an unbeaten half-century to follow up a four-wicket haul from irrepressible off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, as Leeward Islands Hurricanes left Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to chase 342 for victory at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Jaguars (548) vs Pride (360) in Bridgetown, Barbados

Permaul spearheaded the Jaguars’ attack with 4-124 from 35 overs, but Dowrich defied the Jaguars’ attack with the top score of 81 that included 11 fours and two sixes from 113 balls in close to 2 ½ hours at the crease and Carter supported with 68 decorated with nine fours from 127 balls in 3 ¼ hours of batting.

The pair shared 141 for the fifth wicket, as the Pride, resuming on 33 for one, batted the entire day before being dismissed on the stroke of the close, leaving Jaguars’ captain Leon Johnson and management overnight to decide on the follow-on and their bowlers to get a good night’s rest.

Pride consolidated early through a 73-run, second-wicket stand between WINDIES Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite with 43 and their captain Shamarh Brooks with 34 – but they slumped to 123 for four before Dowrich and Carter came to the rescue.

The home team were set back however, when they both fell in the last 20 minutes before tea and it was left to WINDIES Test and ODI captain Jason Holder with 44 and the lower order to keep them afloat.

Scorpions (210 & 189) vs Volcanoes (113) & 176-4 in Kingston, Jamaica

Volcanoes captain and Test batsman Kirk Edwards was not out on 35 and former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge was not out 15, carrying the fight for the visitors to collect the remaining 110 needed for victory into the final day.

Former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Roland Cato hit eight fours in 54 from 144 balls and veteran left-hander Devon Smith made 44 in a second-wicket stand of 68 that gave the Volcanoes a strong start to the chase.

But they were both swept away, along with WINDIES batsman Sunil Ambris before the close to leave the run chase in a shaky position.

Earlier, a 52-run stand for the seventh wicket between Assad Fudadin and Aldaine Thomas failed to inspire the Scorpions and they were bowled out before the interval.

Fudadin ended with the top score of 48, Thomas made 31 and the remaining batsman offered token resistance only.

Josh Thomas was the most successful Volcanoes bowler with 4-44 from 19 overs.

Hurricanes (425 & 168-6 dec) vs Red Force (252) & 26-0 in Tarouba, Trinidad

Test batsman Kyle Hope was not out on six and former WINDIES Under-19 left-hander Jeremy Solozano was not out on 16, as Red Force made a resolute start to their chase.

But they were put under further pressure following an unbeaten 77 from opener Hodge.

He struck 10 fours from 131 balls in nearly 3 ¼ hours, putting on 43 for the third wicket with Devon Thomas and 39 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall, who made 22, before the Hurricanes declared, leaving themselves about 40 minutes before the close to bowl at the Red Force.

Earlier, Cornwall ended with 4-73 from 37 overs and WINDIES fast bowler Alzarri Joseph finished with 3-80 from 17 overs to help bowl the Hurricanes to a 173-run, first innings lead.

Solozano was the Red Force top-scorer with 80 and a string of small partnerships helped to push the home team to a respectable total.

RESULTS OF MATCHES

 

ROUND 1

Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9

Volcanoes lost to Jaguars by 125 runs – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

Pride lost to Hurricanes by 34 runs – Three Ws Oval, Barbados

 

ROUND 2

Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16

Pride beat Scorpions by 41 runs – Three Ws Oval

Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by nine wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Red Force lost to Volcanoes by 76 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

SCHEDULE OF MATCHES

(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)

ROUND 1

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad

ROUND 3

Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7

Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Hurricanes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval, Barbados

ROUND 4

Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13

Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am start daily)

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Hurricanes vs Pride – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

ROUND 5

Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20

Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am start daily)

Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 pm start daily)

Volcanoes vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada

ROUND 6

Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3

Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval

ROUND 7

Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10

Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium

Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval

Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Windsor Park, Dominica

ROUND 8

Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24

Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park

Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park

Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent

ROUND 9

Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3

Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium

Volcanoes vs Red Force – Arnos Vale Sports Complex

ROUND 10

Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10

Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (2 pm start daily)

Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

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Meraas launches Beverly Hills Sunset Surgery Center International at Valiant Clinic, City Walk Dubai

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  • Exclusive partnership marks Dubai debut for Beverly Hills star cosmetic surgeons
  • David Matlock and Dr. Andrew Ordon, celebrity doctors to Hollywood’s elite to lead a team of over 25 visiting plastic surgery experts
  • The Centre will contribute to UAE’s aesthetic care market which is forecasted to reach AED 1.5 billion by 2021

Meraas has announced the official opening of Beverly Hills Sunset Surgery Center International (BHSSCI), to bring to the UAE some of the world’s most celebrated names and faces in comprehensive plastic and aesthetic surgery.

Located at Valiant Clinic, Meraas’ premium multi-specialty clinic in City Walk, BHSSCI aims to welcome sophisticated and trend-focused individuals in the region and beyond. It brings to the region a hand-picked team of the Center’s 25+ elite and passionate physicians.

The Dubai facility will be led by Dr. David Matlock, MD, MBA, President, CEO & Chief Medical Officer at BHSSCI, California, and Head of Panel, Dubai, alongside high-profile surgeons including Dr. Andrew Ordon, a long-time co-host of the popular Emmy Award-winning talk show The Doctors; Dr. Raj Kanodia, Beverly Hills #1 rhinoplasty surgeon; Dr. Warren Lent, whose expertise has been broadcast on shows such as Dateline, Good Day LA and Extra, and many more.

A first-of-its-kind premium plastic surgery facility managed by celebrity doctors, BHSSCI aims to bring the highest quality services to the region’s most discerning modern clientele. The Center will leverage Valiant Clinic’s superior infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities in addition to its unmatched concierge services to guarantee a bespoke VIP experience for every client.

The services offered fall under three main verticals: plastic surgery procedures including liposuction, tummy tucks, fat grafting, implant removal and replacement, cosmetic dentistry services such as Hollywood smile, composite restorations, zirconia and ceramic implants, bridges and crowns, and specialised cosmetic dermatology treatments for acne, cool sculpting, micro needling, scar correction and dermal fillers, amongst others.

According to PwC, the UAE’s aesthetic care market is forecasted to reach AED 1.5 billion by 2021, while the country’s female high-end aesthetic care is expected to grow 23.1 percent between 2016-2021.

Hair removal, Botox, facial treatments and fillers are among the most in-demand non-invasive procedures, while liposuction, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty and female physical enhancement are the most sought after invasive procedures.

Remarking on changing regional trends, Dr. Marc Ruemmler, General Manager of Valiant Clinic said: “The MENA region has experienced significant growth in demand, with long-term historical trends for aesthetics resulting in an increased acceptance of cosmetic procedures. Medical tourists who seek plastic surgery services find Dubai’s unmatched technology, safety and convenience, along with its position as a leisure destination, attractive. The strategic location of the city, moreover, makes it accessible to clients from other countries in the GCC and greater MENA region, as well as those from Europe and Asia.

“At Valiant Clinic, our focus has always been to provide comprehensive, top in class health and wellness services in an environment of utmost luxury and care. We believe that our state of the art facility in Dubai will be an ideal platform for BHSSCI’s star doctors to bring their experience and expertise to the region’s most exacting trendsetters.”

Drawing on his extensive experience as a cosmetic surgeon to some of the world’s most popular celebrities, Dr. Matlock said: “Plastic Surgical procedures such as general plastic, head and neck facial plastic, cosmetic gynaecology, dermatology, and cosmetic dentistry are highly popular among aesthetes in pursuit of physical perfection. Undergoing cosmetic surgery is not something patients are ashamed of anymore, it has become a sign of beauty, power, success, health and youth. Societies too have become more comfortable with plastic surgery as they view it as a part of self-improvement.”

Meraas’ Valiant Clinic, where BHSSCI has launched its Dubai practice, is located at City Walk, a design-inspired lifestyle destination by Meraas. A one of its kind, multi-specialty outpatient clinic offering world class diagnostic and wellness services, Valiant Clinic’s physicians and allied health professionals provide evidence-based care that conforms to international standards of excellence. The clinic endorses transparent, collaborative and standardised processes and systems from diagnosis to discharge, including premium post-procedural and concierge services in a top-in-class, 5-star customer atmosphere.

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Emirates Foundation Think Science Ambassadors to Showcase Innovative Projects at the World Future Energy Summit 2019 in Abu Dhabi Youth 4 Sustainability Hub – Climate Innovation Exchange (Clix)

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  • Three Think Science Ambassador Innovations Projects shortlisted for Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) awards
  • Think Science Ambassadors lead the “Power of Science & Innovation” panel discussion at the Youth 4 Sustainability Hub

Aligned with the National Advanced Sciences Agenda 2031 and the 2021 Advanced Science Strategy, to build national scientific capacities and promote youth to take on leadership roles in science & technology, Emirates Foundation  Think Science Ambassadors will showcase their sustainability innovation projects at the World Future Energy Summit 2019, taking place between January 14-17 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The largest of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, Think Science Program has impacted over 70,000 youth, since its establishment in 2013, to explore and experiment in a variety of STEM categories and subject and develop scientific innovations addressing society’s most pressing challenges. Through Think Science Ambassadors, the program has provided youth, who had previously participated in the Think Science Competition, with a platform to showcase their innovations and network with potential investors through both local and international opportunities.

Emirates Foundation Think Science’s active engagement program features speaking opportunities and innovation showcases at the 2019 Youth 4 Sustainability Hub which features the Climate Innovation Exchange (Clix) launched last year, supporting the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment strategy to enable the sourcing and funding of climate change solutions and technologies.

In recognition of their contributions to advancing science and innovation, three Think Science projects were shortlisted for the Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) global awards, from among 811 submissions from 83 nations across the globe. The Think Science projects, focused on sustainability in space, future of energy and future of food and agriculture, will be competing with 48 projects, with results to be announced on January 17, 2019.

The Think Science Ambassadors will also take to the stage on January 17, 2019 to share their journey to develop projects that support space exploration, address water scarcity and promote innovative emergency response, and advancing science and innovation advancement in the UAE.

Commenting on the participation of Think Science Ambassadors in the World Future Energy Summit, H.E. Maytha Al Habsi, CEO of Emirates Foundation said: “Inspiring youth to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and careers is one of our mission’s key pillars at Emirates Foundation. Having three Think Science projects shortlisted for this prestigious innovation award, alongside projects from around the world, is an achievement that every youth and educator in the UAE should be proud of. We are very proud of our Think Science Ambassadors who represented the UAE, competing at a global level, and sharing their journey to hopefully encourage many more youth to embrace innovation.”

Al Habsi added: “By igniting our youth’s passion for science and innovation, we are striving to build a sustainable pipeline of future leaders ready for the market place’s demands and who are making a meaningful contribution to the socio-economic progress and technology-driven future of our nation. ”

Made in the UAE Youth Innovation

Participating Think Science Projects at the CLIX Climate Innovation Exchange at the World Future Energy Summit 2019 included:

Design Implementation of Novel Antennas for the Emirati CubeSat

In this project, this Think Science Ambassadors team, who are all Emirati youth, designed antennas required for the first Emirati small satellite (CubeSat) which were also optimized and tested. This will support space science which is advancing rapidly in the United Arab Emirates in recent years.

Anti-fire Drone

The second Think Science Ambassadors team, who are all Emirati youth, designed a drone that detects smoke and temperature increase, alerts authorities and extinguish fire using carbon dioxide foam to assist firefighters for an improved coverage. This will support the Emergency Response capabilities in the UAE.

H2O Desalination and Purification Using CNT and Silver Nanoparticles

In response to the water scarcity challenge in the UAE and worldwide, The third Think Science Ambassadors, who are all Emirati youth, designed and built a cost-effective system for an improved water desalination system using silver nanoparticles and multi-walled carbon nanotubes that will facilitate availability for residents.

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Collective Dreams Exhibition

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Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, in collaboration with Sulty Events and Entertainment introduce a new collection “Collective Dreams” for the Art Perspective exhibition in the surrounding area of ‘Le Patio”.

The artists showcasing their work include Farah Khan, Hassan Edilbi, Khaled Hounaysh, Maja Poljak, Mowafaq Al Hashimi, Shiba Khan, Valia Abou AlFadel and Zeinab Yehia. The inspiring exhibition at Le Patio will offer guests a look into the world of Art presented in a modern and contemporary venue with a careful selection of artists.

A brainchild of Sulty events and the Late Regina Sio, Art Perspective celebrates the work of established and new artists. Vanessa de Caires, Owner of Sulty Events and Entertainment Dubai said: “Our aim is to bring different artists together to showcase emerging art to enthusiasts and the public. Le Patio is an ideal venue for art and culture events and following the success of previous exhibitions, we have set a new standard in the art and design industry.”

The art selected in this initiative are ideal as masterpieces in art galleries and private Collectors residences. Diplomats, Art Collectors, regional Business leaders and media visit the exhibition during the display.

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Sharjah Chamber explores strengthening economic relations with the United States

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The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) held discussions with the commercial office of the Consulate General of the United States in Dubai on enhancing economic relations between the emirate of Sharjah and the United States, as well as increasing trade and mutual cooperation between the business communities of both sides.

These discussions took place during a business meeting held on Monday at the Sharjah Chamber. The meeting was held between HE Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI; and Mr. Shakir Farsakh, Commercial Officer at the US Consulate, where the two sides explored avenues of mutual investment and the exchange of expertise in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and advanced industries.

From the chamber, the meeting was attended by HE Ziad Mahmoud Khairallah Al-Hajji, Honorary Treasurer of the SCCI Board of Directors; HE Mohamed Rashid Ali Demas, Board Member of the SCCI; and HE Mohamed Ahmed Amin, Acting Director-General of the SCCI. From the US Consulate side, the meeting was attended by Mr. T’Errance Favors, Economics Officer at the US Consulate; and Mr. Ashok S Josh, a Commercial Specialist.

HE Abdallah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the SCCI, stated that the meeting comes as part of the chamber’s efforts to enhance its cooperation with the commercial office of the Consulate General of the United States in various avenues, which helps to develop the growing relations between the two friendly countries and contribute in creating partnerships between the business communities of both sides.

Al Owais added that the chamber has reviewed ways to increase mutual investments and partnerships in joint projects between Sharjah and the United States, and that it has reviewed the most prominent incentives and facilities offered by Sharjah to investors, which is what makes Sharjah an attractive destination for investment, especially for companies seeking to strengthen their presence across the region.

Mr. Shakir Farsakh, Commercial Officer at the US Consulate, stressed the depth of the friendly relations between the USA and the UAE. He expressed that the commercial office of the Consulate General of the United States in Dubai is keen to continuously develop its relations with the Sharjah Chamber, which contributes in enhancing the communication between the two sides in order to improve the level of economic cooperation and trade between the two countries.

Farsakh praised the efforts of the Sharjah chamber in developing the relations between the emirate of Sharjah and the United States. He pointed out that the commercial office of the Consulate General of the United States in Dubai is committed to pushing the relations between the business communities of both the United States and the UAE forward in order to benefit from the promising investment opportunities that are available to both sides.

The total volume of non-oil trade between the two countries reached $30.6 billion during 2017, representing a growth rate of more than 19% over a period of 5 years from 2012 to 2017. The volume of US investments in the UAE reached $5.2 billion by the end of 2016, which make the United States the third largest investor in the UAE.

The value of direct Emirati investments in the US market amount to $27.5 billion, while the total value of Emirati investment in the United States is estimated to be around $100 billion. The investments of Emirati companies in the United States are concentrated in value-added industries such as the pharmaceutical, infrastructure and transportation industries.

The bilateral trade relations between the two countries are concentrated in vital sectors such as aviation, health care, technology, and construction. Furthermore, Emirati airline companies are among the largest buyers of American Boeing airplanes in the world.

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Middle East’s Interest-Free Payment PlatformDeveloped in Turkey

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MenaPay, the next generation payment platform based on the Blockchain, provides fast, reliable and financial services to Islamic financial institutions that are vulnerable to MENA region users who have difficulty accessing banking services.

Blockchain-based payment platform MenaPay, has developed in Turkey, will be launched in the whole region on

January 15, 2019, as an innovative payment method in accordance with the Islamic finance principles of the

MENA region, which has difficulty in accessing traditional banking services. Thanks to Blockchain technology, the

MenaPay Payment Platform, which enables people to make secure and fast payment transactions in every aspect of

their daily lives without a bank, works on a free application downloaded to smartphones and serves as a priority

payment method to the users of the MENA region who cannot use the bank.

At the beginning of 2018, the Middle East’s successful business people to invest from seed taken from the road to

the MenaPay in Turkey, including technical staff of 15 people in a year, reaching a 35 -person team has completed

the product development process. BADEER and Turkey Blockchain Summit as prestigious events in investors and

faced with intense interest of the participants MenaPay Islamic finance accordance with the principles, blockchain

-based, transparent, bringing the first payment solution that does not secure and should the bank.

The new common currency of 18 countries: MenaCash

The MenaPay Payment Platform, which opens the door to digital transformation in the payment area in the Middle

East, can easily provide user trust and system transparency thanks to the controllability of blockchain technology.

Money transfers and money inflows are controlled by independent auditing companies in the MenaPay Payment

Platform. With MenaPash Payment Platform, which offers a transparent payment infrastructure with no more than 2

witness systems, MenaCash provides a secure and fast way to complete all transactions via blockchain technology.

MenaPay; e-commerce shopping, retail stores, and person-to-person transfer operations are needed in every

aspect of daily life is provided without credit card use. The currency used on the platform MenaCash provides a

common currency for the Middle East and North Africa regions, each comprising 18 different countries, each using

a different currency. In this way, cross-border transfers in the region become much faster and easier. Money transfer between two countries takes only 5 seconds

CPO of MenaPay Orhan Bayram said that ‘’MenaPay Payment Platform is designed to be used in the daily needs of

the people and to provide a cultural adaptation specific to the region, as well as offering an integrated business

system solution to its users. With MenaPay QR code payment system, all transactions take place in maximum 5

seconds with blockchain infrastructure. With an innovative approach, we will reduce the cash usage rates of the

MENA region and build the world’s largest cashless society in the MENA region using blockchain technology.’’

emphasized the value brought by the platform. The MenaPay Mobile App is available to all iOS and Android users on January 15th The application contains 4 different products. With the MenaPay Mobile App, users can enter the world of crypto money in seconds, enjoy the fast and secure payment experience with the blockchain infrastructure and use MenaPay as the primary payment method in all aspects of their daily lives.

With the MenaPay Reseller Network, the digital transformation of cash will be realized.

Aiming to be available in many areas of the MENA region, it agreed with more than 50 workplaces that will convert cash into MenaCash (Digital currency) in seconds. The workplaces that have been approved by the Ministry of Finance will be able to obtain MenaCash via credit card or Wire transfer from the MenaPay Foundation and sell MenaCash in their workplaces. MenaCash workplaces will receive a commission from the MenaPay Foundation and will have an additional income model and may create detailed reports on the insights of their customers.

Thanks to MenaPay Business Platform, workplaces and shops will be able to easily reach their customers’

needs and consumption behavior s and follows their own revenues and sales on a single panel. Businesses places and vendors participating in the MenaPay Reseller Network can easily integrate with their MenaPay APIs to begin receiving payments, can easily complete their registration process and Profile Verification via both mobile and computer. Another feature of the application, The MenaPay Development support team helps the vendors integrate through live support on the board

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WAFI Partners with VOX Cinemas to Open New Multiplex

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A multi-screen cinema and family entertainment centre is set to open at WAFI in 2019 including VOX Cinema signature experiences, MAX and KIDS

WAFI, a premium lifestyle destination, is set to be further enhanced with the launch of a VOX Cinemas multiplex, scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2019. VOX Cinemas will open its doors to a 16-screen multiplex in the new extension at WAFI. The signature concepts will include MAX, KIDS, Samsung LED screen, three VIP screens and three new concept screens, all designed to deliver exceptional experiences.

Dedicated to younger customers, the KIDS screens will show a range of family friendly films and animated content that guests can enjoy from their colourful seats while the MAX concept, dubbed as VOX Cinemas’ mega-screen experience, provides audiences with extraordinary sensory entertainment and spacious seating options.

In addition to the cinema, families will be able to enjoy a variety of entertainment including a soft play area, bumper cars, kids square, bowling and much more. The expansion will also include a delectable range of cuisines within the food hall concept that will be unique to the VOX Cinemas at WAFI, alongside the all-time favourite candy bar.

“We are looking forward to the opening of the VOX Multiplex within the new extension at WAFI. The anticipation is finally over and we are proud to announce that we are partnering with VOX Cinemas. The 16-screen cinema, family entertainment and dining experience will be one of a kind in the UAE and is set to be the ultimate destination for families. We have recently been through a repositioning exercise at WAFI to focus on families and following the opening of Carrefour, we are extremely excited for this next phase with the cinema and our upcoming 5-star Sofitel hotel which is scheduled to open late 2019.” said Louwrens Marais, General Manager at Wafi Property.

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Middle East IVF market worth US$1 billion as infertility rates rise to 15% in the region

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  • New report from Colliers International indicates fertility rates in the MENA region have decreased from seven children per women in 1960 to just three in 2017
  • Male infertility identified as a growing problem occurring in approximately 50% of the cases in the GCC and Middle East, in addition to genetic diseases

The latest research by Colliers International has revealed the current global In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) market is estimated to be between US$ 10 billion to US$ 12 billion, while the current IVF market size for Middle East & North Africa (MENA) is approximately US$ 1 billion, indicating a high demand for IVF and related treatments in the region.

The figures, published in a new report titled “In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) & Fertility in the MENA region”, revealed that compared to 10% worldwide, infertility in the MENA region is 15% or higher, with male infertility a growing problem occurring in approximately 50% of the cases in the GCC and Middle East due to lifestyle, diabetes, obesity and genetics related factors, as GCC countries have one of the highest diabetic and obesity rates in the world.

The report, which is published as part of the MEDLAB Market Report series ahead of MEDLAB 2019 which takes place from 4 – 7 February at the Dubai World Trade Centre, highlighted that although the population in the MENA region has increased from over 100 million in 1950 to 380 million in 2017 and is expected to increase to 700 million by 2050, overall fertility rates have decreased from seven children per women in 1960 to just three in 2017.

The research provides an in-depth analysis of the fertility rates in MENA region and, despite overall high population growth rates, why IVF remains in demand in the region, especially in the GCC countries.

Commenting on some of the key insights on the UAE’s IVF industry, Mansoor Ahmed, Director Healthcare, Education & PPP for MENA Region at Colliers International, said: “IVF is not only sought after locally but is one of the leading treatments undertaken by medical tourists in the UAE, especially in Dubai. Based on Colliers’ discussions with leading operators, medical tourism accounts for 10% to 15% of the IVF patient volumes.”

According to the report, new innovations and improved testing techniques are gradually creating paradigm shifts in the field of assisted reproductive technology. Particularly the increased focus on pre-marital screening for consanguineous (relatives) couples and the development of new genetic tests for screening of the embryos greatly improves the chance of minimising certain genetic diseases common in this region.

Dr Laura Melado, Specialist – Obstetrics & Gynecology, IVF, IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic, Abu Dhabi, UAE, who will be speaking at the Cytogenetics & IVF Conference during MEDLAB 2019, commented: “The Carrier Genetic Test (CGT) helps to determine the risk of having a child with a genetic disease. Anyone, without knowing, can be a carrier of one or more recessive mutations, but some couples have higher possibilities to carry the same genes. When this happens, Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGD) can be done for the embryos as part of the fertility treatment to help the couples to deliver healthy babies.”

Organised by Informa Exhibitions, MEDLAB Exhibition & Congress 2019 will welcome more than 19,600 medlical laboratory trade professionals and 670+ exhibitors from 46 countries in an effort to develop the value of laboratory medicine in shaping the future of healthcare and to provide advanced medical laboratory techniques for better health. 

 

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PANT HITS NEW HIGHS FOR AN INDIA WICKETKEEPER

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  • The former ICC U19 Cricket World Cup star attains joint-highest ranking among batsmen by a wicketkeeper from India and highest rating points by a gloveman from his country
  • Pujara, Harris, Markram and Asad among other batsmen to move up; Yadav, Lyon, Olivier and Shaheen also advance

Rishabh Pant has attained new highs for an India wicketkeeper in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after his superb century in the drawn final Test in Sydney.

The 21-year-old left-hander has gained 21 slots and reached 17th place, the joint-highest by a specialist India wicketkeeper along with Farokh Engineer, who did so in January 1973. Further, Pant’s aggregate of 673 rating points are the highest by an India wicketkeeper, with Dhoni having the next highest aggregate of 662 points and Engineer 619 points. Dhoni’s highest Test ranking was 19th.

Pant, a star at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2016 when he scored an 18-ball half-century against Nepal, has moved into the top-20 after only his ninth Test match with an unbeaten 159. Pant had started the Australia tour in 59th place and made rapid progress, scoring 350 runs in a series that also saw him take 20 catches.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs to help beat Australia 2-1 and claim the player of the series award, is another batsman to gain in the latest rankings update, which also takes into account performances in the second Test between South Africa and Pakistan in Cape Town.

Pujara has gained one slot to reach third position while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (up six places to 57th) and rookie opener Mayank Agarwal (up five places to 62nd) are the others from his team to advance at the end of a historic series win.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav has gained seven slots to reach a career-best 45th position after his figures of five for 99 in Australia’s first innings even as Jasprit Bumrah has held on to 16th position and Mohammed Shami has gained one place to take the 22nd slot. Jadeja has gained one place to reach fifth among bowlers and has also leapfrogged Windies captain Jason Holder into second place among all-rounders.

For Australia, opener Marcus Harris has advanced 21 places to take a career-best 69th position after a fine 79 in the first innings while off-spinner Nathan Lyon has inched up from 14th to 13th position.

South Africa’s Aiden Markram has moved back into the top 10 after his knock of 78 at Cape Town, gaining seven slots to reach 10th position. Temba Bavuma has moved into the top 30 for the first time (up five places to 26th) after his score of 75 while captain Faf du Plessis’s first-innings century has lifted him six places to 16th position.

Among their bowlers, Vernon Philander has gained one slot to reach third position while Duanne Olivier has continued his surge to move up to 32nd place from 36th.

For Pakistan, Asad Shafiq has benefitted by five places to reach 24th position after scores of 20 and 88 while Babar Azam is only one slot behind after gaining two places. Shan Masood has moved up 22 places to a career-best 65th while captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has moved up from 42nd to 37th place.

Among their bowlers, Shaheen Afridi has gained 13 slots to reach 60th place after taking four wickets in the match, which Pakistan lost by nine wickets to concede a decisive 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

There has been no change in position or points for India in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, while Australia have lost one point but remain in fifth position.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 8 January, after the Australia-India series):

RANK  TEAM              POINTS

  1. India                 116
  2. England            108
  3. New Zealand    107
  4. South Africa     106
  5. Australia           101
  6. Pakistan            92
  7. Sri Lanka           91
  8. West Indies       70
  9. Bangladesh       69
  10. Zimbabwe         13
  11. Afghanistan       00
  12. Ireland               00

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 8 January, after the Sydney and Cape Town Tests):

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts       Avge   Highest Rating

1        ( – )       Virat Kohli         Ind       922      53.76   937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

2        ( – )       K. Williamson    NZ        897      51.44   915 v SL at Wellington 2018

3        (+1)      C. Pujara          Ind       881      51.18   888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

4        (-1)       Steve Smith      Aus      874      61.37   947 v SA at Durban 2018

5        ( – )       Joe Root           Eng      807      50.44   917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

6        ( – )       David Warner    Aus      772      48.20   880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7        ( – )       Henry Nicholls   NZ        763*!   43.54   763 v SL at Christchurch 2018

8        ( – )       Dean Elgar        SA        727       40.96   784 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

9        ( – )       D. Karunaratne SL        715       37.08   754 v SA at Colombo (SSC) 2018

10       (+7)      Aiden Markram SA        698*    45.20   759 v Aus at Johannesburg 2018

Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

11=     (+2)      A. Mathews       SL        687      44.79    877 v NZ at Christchurch 2014

16        (+6)      Faf du Plessis   SA        674      42.07    734 v Ind at Centurion 2018

17        (+21)    Rishabh Pant    Ind       673*!   49.71    673 v Aus at Sydney 2019

24        (+5)      Asad Shafiq      Pak      634      39.06    758 v Eng at Lord’s 2016

25        (+2)      Babar Azam      Pak      629*!   35.30    629 v SA at Cape Town 2019

26=     (-2)       Q. de Kock        SA        627      36.89    802 v NZ at Hamilton 2017

(+5)      T. Bavuma        SA        627!     35.41    627 v Pak at Cape Town 2019

57        (+6)      R. Jadeja          Ind       488      32.28    511 v Win at Rajkot 2018

69        (+21)    Marcus Harris   Aus      446*!   36.85    446 v Ind at Sydney 2019

Bowlers (top 10)

 Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

1        ( – )       K. Rabada         SA        893      21.35    902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

2        ( – )       J. Anderson      Eng      874      26.98    903 v Ind at Lord’s 2018

3=     (+1)      V. Philander      SA        804      21.75    912 v Ind at Johannesburg 2013

( – )       Pat Cummins    Aus      804*    24.51    836 v Ind at Melbourne 2018

5        (+1)      R. Jadeja          Ind       794      23.68    899 v Aus at Ranchi 2017

6        (-1)       M. Abbas          Pak      789*    17.90    838 v NZ at Abu Dhabi 2018

7        ( – )       Trent Boult        NZ        771      27.90    825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

8        (+1)      Tim Southee     NZ        767      29.93    799 v Win at Jamaica 2014

9        (-1)       R. Ashwin         Ind       763      25.43    904 v Eng at Mumbai 2016

10       ( – )       Jason Holder     Win      751*    28.50    766 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

 Other selected rankings

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Avge    Highest Rating

13       (+1)      Nathan Lyon     Aus      723      32.10    774 v Eng at Adelaide 2017

14       (+1)      Neil Wagner      NZ        721      28.88    785 v Win at Wellington 2017

22       (+1)      M. Shami          Ind       660      29.54    703 v SA at Johannesburg 2018

32       (+4)      Duanne Olivier  SA        560*!   18.81    560 v Pak at Cape Town 2019

45       (+7)      Kuldeep Yadav  Ind       402*!   24.12   402 v Aus at Sydney 2019

60       (+13)    Shaheen Afridi  Pak      274*!   31.41   274 v SA at Cape Town 2019

All-rounders (top five)

Rank    (+/-)      Player              Team      Pts      Highest Rating

1        ( – )       S. Al Hasan       Ban      415      489 v Aus at Mirpur 2017

2        (+1)      R. Jadeja          Ind       387      438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

3        (-1)       Jason Holder     Win      365/*   381 v Ind at Hyderabad 2018

4        ( – )       V. Philander      SA        353      378 v SL at Galle 2018

5        ( – )       Ben Stokes       Eng      342      396 v Win at Lord’s 2017

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Tissot Chemin des Tourelles

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Historical horology
The Tissot Chemin des Tourelles is a very special piece that encapsulates an important part of Tissot’s history. It takes its name from the street in Le Locle, Switzerland, where the Tissot workshop was established in 1907, and where the company can still be found today. The watch compliments the company’s vast years of expertise with a contemporary design with an elegant case that comes in a variety of different finishes, including polished and brushed, perfectly demonstrating the technical know-how Tissot puts into every piece. The result is wonderfully luxurious, but still easily accessible thanks to the great value Tissot is still proud to offer.

A model for everyone
The Tissot Chemin des Tourelles comes in a variety of different versions, but all models pay close attention to detail and offer enough to keep everyone happy. Some pieces – three hand, chronograph and GMT – have beautiful details such as clous de Paris under the Roman indices which are in a hypnotic circular pattern you will not be able to take your eyes off. Customers will enjoy choosing the right watch for them. Some will enjoy sunray dials that play with the light in interesting ways, while others will prefer to go for more sober models that have a date display, which gives sophisticated symmetry to the design. There is enough variety to ensure this is set to be a very popular piece.

Features
• Swiss made
• Powermatic80 movement with up to 80 hours of power reserve
• 316L stainless steel case with see-through caseback and domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
• Water-resistant up to a pressure of 5 bar (50 m / 165 ft)
• Leather strap with butterfly clasp with push-buttons or 316L solid stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp with push-buttons
• Bicolour and Rose gold executions are PVD coating
• Dimensions : Gent 42mm / Lady 32mm

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Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR welcomes new executive chef

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Mohammed Sitab Alam takes on the role

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR appoints Mohammed Sitab Alam as its new executive chef. He will be in-charge of the kitchen operations of all the hotel’s dining outlets.

Mohammed Sitab Alam has more than 15 years of culinary experience across different countries including India, Kuwait, Oman, and United Arab Emirates. Before joining the property, he worked as executive chef at Golden Tulip Media Hotel, and City Seasons Dubai. He also served as sous chef at Holiday Inn Barsha, and as junior sous chef at Ritz Carlton DIFC. His other previous affiliations include Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Park Inn by Radisson Muscat, and Radisson Blu Dubai Media City. 

Binu Varghese, hotel manager, commented: “We gladly welcome Mohammed to our team. Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham JBR is in a highly competitive location and we are positive that his combined skills, passion for food, and years of experience will boost the hotel’s food and beverage offers.”

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