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How to Earn Money with Holborn in Retirement and Beat the Pension Crisis

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The call to earn money in retirement is fast becoming a necessity and this is so because when you retire from the workplace you continue forevermore to face the prospect of escalating living expenses: food, shelter; clothing, power supply, insurances, communications, income tax, etc, with less left over than you had at your disposal before for enjoying the minor luxuries of life.

For the majority of seniors the prospect is doubly daunting as a direct result of vastly reduced incomings due to the worldwide pension crisis and so the need to earn money in retirement becomes imperative.

What do you do when there is too much month left at the end of your pension; do you bite the bullet and settle for cutbacks in the quality of life?

Not inevitably so because with tried and tested guidance you can stretch your abilities to make some extra cash in retirement and for some, this is not so much an option as a necessity.

How do you visualize life in retirement?

You have reached or are approaching your 60th/65th year and are eligible for retirement. Or maybe you’re only 50 and opted out early.

  • Do you punch the air with a tightly clenched fist now that you have finally escaped from the workplace?
  • Or do you ask yourself, ‘What do I do now?’

For many retirees, lounging around the house or lying in the sun in a deck chair is not a prerequisite for third age enjoyment and fulfillment.

While the world is undoubtedly aging and the number of elderly people is increasing, the current crop of senior citizens is in better health and lead longer, more active lives than their parents did.

  • They want action, not eternal relaxation;
  • Excitement, not enforced leisure;
  • Accomplishment, not resignation.

Conventional retirement is just too dreary, and many remain emotionally unprepared to throw the working life concept entirely to the wind. Some could also make good use of opportunities to increase basic income.

So, in lieu of conventional retirement, a significant number of third age people are turning to entrepreneurship as an alternative.

With valuable commercial skills acquired through years of practical experience, many of these retirees give serious consideration to launching their own businesses. They believe they still have what it takes and are highly motivated to succeed on their own.

Is it hard to earn money in retirement?

  • Is it so restrictive that only a small number can succeed?
  • Is it so demanding that only able-bodied retirees can make a go of it?
  • Is it so difficult that only the super-intelligent stand a chance?

No – anyone can do it. If, for example, you are disabled or handicapped to some degree and would find it impossible to engage in a physical money-making activity you can still participate in the ‘online’ enterprise – for which alternative route you will find many options and one of them is Holborn.

Retirement planning might sound premature to many but here at Holborn Assets, they have plenty of experience in helping clients to safeguard their retirement, no matter how far away it might seem right now, without making it a burden on your current lifestyle. All you need to do to get started is to find out what we can do for you.

You may think that retirement is too far away to worry about, but the years go ever faster and if you start early you will be pleased that you did as it will not be running to catch up.

So who are Holborn and why should you read what he has to say about how to earn money in retirement?

Holborn Assets is a leading international financial services company associated with the industry’s prime institutions, bringing together the investment expertise of a select group of international money management firms.

They are leading asset management company who provides pension products for UK expats in Dubai. They are featured in the following articles which shows the level of trust and commitment:

For more information, please contact them in Dubai on:

Holborn Assets Ltd.

Level 15, Al Shafar Tower 1
Barsha Heights Tecom

Phone: +971 4 457 3800
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Joyalukkas Exchange is now open at Dubai Investment Park 2,UAE

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Joyalukkas Exchange, the money exchange arm of Joyalukkas Group, further enhanced its presence in the UAE region with a new branch in Dubai Investment Park 2.  With the new branch, Joyalukkas now has a strong presence of 11 branches spread across various parts of the UAE.

To celebrate the newly opened branch, a special offer was announced for patrons wherein they will be rewarded with special gifts for every transaction made.  The new branch is a part of Joyalukkas Exchange’s ambitious expansion plans with more branches set to be open in the near future in Oman and Kuwait as well.

Joyalukkas Exchange is renowned for providing customers with a world-class experience in foreign exchange and cross-border remittances with fast credit at best rates.  Patrons also earn reward points on every transaction, which gives them access to value-added services in the partner establishment or it can also be redeemed for gifts.

Joyalukkas Exchange – an integral part of the Multi-Billion Joyalukkas Group is currently spread acorss UAE, Oman and Kuwait and is enjoying the patronage of residents and tourist in the 3 countries by offering a solid mix of service, convenience, speed, value and innovation.

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UAE law firms Al Otaiba & Hamdan Budebes and Banks Legal launch new legal practice to service growing demand

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Two well-established UAE law practices have partnered to create a new law firm, offering independent legal solutions to businesses in Abu Dhabi and beyond. Emirati and international, common and civil law-qualified lawyers have come together to strengthen their existing range of services and address the region’s growing demand for quality professional legal services. The decision to form the joint venture comes in response to Abu Dhabi’s ambitious growth plans, aiming to diversify its economy and attract higher levels of foreign direct investment (FDI).

At the signing held at Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Authorities Building in Abu Dhabi Nathan Banks, founder and Managing Partner of Banks Legal, and Otaiba Bin Khalaf Al Otaiba of Al Otaiba & Hamdan Budebes,formalised the establishment of the firm, Al Otaiba Banks Legal Limited.

The Al Otaiba Banks Legal team has over 75 years of combined, local and international experience with expertise across a diverse range of sectors, including government, infrastructure, education, healthcare, energy and resources, construction, media and telecommunications, technology and hospitality. The newly-formed venture offers a comprehensive suite of legal and corporate services across all legal disciplines, including mergers and acquisitions, banking, private equity, foreign direct investment, employment, intellectual property and real estate transaction services.

Co-founder and Partner of newly established Al Otaiba Banks Legal, Nathan Banks, said: “Banks Legal is very honoured and excited to be partnering with the prestigious firm Al Otaiba & Hamdan Budebes. We are committed to understanding the commercial and strategic objectives of our clients, adhering to international best practices in delivering commercially-viable solutions. With the UAE positioning itself firmly as a leading regional hub and Abu Dhabi contributing significantly, we feel it is vital that collaboration between Emirati and international expertise is demonstrated.”

According to The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 2018 World Investment Report, FDI to the UAE increased by eight per cent to US$10.4bn in 2018. To further increase FDI into the capital, Abu Dhabi has formalised the establishment of a new government body, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, and given it more authority to attract higher levels of FDI to the emirate. A total budget of $5.45bn has been allocated to the 2019 development package that aims to enhance and diversify the emirate’s economy. Further bolstering confidence in Abu Dhabi’s economic development, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, last year announced a $14bn stimulus package to facilitate the growth of Abu Dhabi’s economy and businesses based in the capital.

“As Abu Dhabi continues to solidify its position as a hub for foreign investment and economic activity, there is a growing need for the delivery of high-quality legal services to complement the existing professional services industry of the region. Abu Dhabi has a robust economy and a foundation from which we believe economic activity will continue to develop and prosper,” Banks added.

Otaiba Bin Khalaf Al Otaiba welcomed the establishment of the new joint venture. He said: “In forming Al Otaiba Banks Legal, we are now better-equipped to service clients across a broader scope of legal and corporate services locally and abroad. We are looking to align with the future growth of the Abu Dhabi economy by bringing certainty to business transactions through a mix of civil and common law practice.”

Discussing future plans of Al Otaiba Banks Legal, Al Otaiba added: “Building on the strong client and government relationships both firms have developed, our plan is to expand Al Otaiba Banks Legal across the GGC and Middle East to service an even broader range of clients in each market.”

Al Otaiba Banks Legal provides a uniquely tailored, client-focused service with a wealth of industry and market knowledge. Plans to further expand the team in Abu Dhabi are underway, with a focus on specialised lawyers within key sectors, in the Abu Dhabi economy.


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Sharjah Leadership Programme’s Alumni Forum Sees Active Interaction and Knowledge-sharing among 200 Graduates

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Forum reflects Sharjah Ruler’s vision for building Emirati youth’s leadership skills

Reem BinKaram: Developing national competences is key to sustainable development

Sharjah for Capability Development (SCD) has brought together 200 graduates of the Sharjah Leadership Programme (SLP) at an annual SLP alumni forum – a platform where Emirati leaders working in different sectors can connect to share their experiences, knowledge and future plans.

Themed ‘Connect’, the annual SLP Alumni Forum was launched earlier this year by SCD, a subsidiary of the Rubu’ Qarn Foundation for Creating Leaders and Innovators subsidiary, and is organised in strategic partnership with Sharjah Environment Company (Bee’ah).

The forum actively involves Emiratis working for Sharjah government entities, offering them a vibrant space to connect, share knowledge, build and deepen their network, and explore new opportunities for innovation in leadership.

The forum reflects the keenness of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to build new generations of confident Emirati leaders, well-versed in playing their role to ensure the country’s continued socioeconomic development.

The forum was hosted at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre (JRCC), and attended by Sheikh Salem bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Director of the Strategic Planning Office at the Sharjah Real Estate Registration Department; and Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police.

HE Reem BinKaram, Member of the Board of Trustees of Rubu’ Qarn Foundation; HE Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah (SLP strategic partner); HE Hanan Al Mahmoud, CEO of JRCC; and Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Director General of Sharjah Women Sports Foundation (SWSF), were also in attendance.

They were joined by HE Khalid Bin Butti Al Hajiri, Director General of the Sharjah University City; Engineer Fathi Afanah, CEO of Fast Building Contracting Company; HE Salah Al Mahmoud, Director General of Sharjah Documents and Archives Authority; and HE Shehab Al Hammadi, Director of Sharjah Media City (Shams).

SCD revealed that the SLP alumni forum will be an annual feature, and serve to continue the capacity- and leadership-building objectives of the programme even after graduating an SLP cohort, in line with UAE Vision 2021 that has youth empowerment high on its agenda.

HE Reem BinKaram congratulated SLP graduates, saying: “Sharjah Leadership Programme was launched in 2007 as key component of the social development initiatives that distinguish Sharjah and the UAE as a whole. Developing national competences is key to sustainable development, and SLP adds another dimension to our youth training and empowerment module.”

BinKaram added: “New-age challenges, mostly attributed to rapid technological transformations, have made it imperative to design youth empowerment programmes tailored to developing what is popularly known as 21st-century skills, knowledge and experiences. With this in mind, we have crafted the upcoming edition of SLP in a manner that fulfils these needs.”

She underlined that the emirate is pushing ahead with its efforts to diversify its economic sectors and scientific institutions, as well as boosting its cultural achievements to cement social stability. “Sharjah is moving forward with its plans to achieve sustainability in economic growth and further job and social security. This cannot be achieved without qualified and inspired human capital, and hence both public and private sectors have mutual interests in achieving this target.”

Bee’ah Group’s HE Khaled Al Huraimel noted: “We are proud partners of SCD, and have been associated with SLP in the capacity of a founding member and supporting partner since the programme’s inception. This programme is one of the most distinguished our nation has in training and nurturing confident Emirati leaders, driven to achieving our future goals. This programme has succeeded in graduating innovative leaders capable of taking on crucial nation-building responsibilities.”

He added: “Investing in SLP means we are investing in the future of Sharjah and UAE. The SLP alumni are a source of pride for us, and we, at Bee’ah, reaffirm our support to this wonderful initiative.”

SLP smart application launch

An SLP smart mobile application to facilitate networking and expertise sharing among the programme’s graduates as well as new members was launched at the event. It has been created to facilitate regular exchange, and offers avenues to suggest solutions for contemporary challenges and collaborate on designing innovative projects to fuel Sharjah’s and UAE’s growth.

The app will enable SLP alumni as well as new members to share their professional expertise and career achievements with individuals as well as in groups. It also provides necessary information about previous, current and future training courses.

Dialogue between current and future leaders

The first annual SLP alumni forum hosted an interactive session between SLP graduates and officials from numerous Sharjah government departments, during which the former shed light on turning points in their career, which were brought about by the programme.

The session heard from Ahmed Saif Saeed Al Suwaidi, Head of Commercial Investment at Sharjah Economic Development Department; Tariq Al Ghazal, Executive of Big Data at the Department of Statistics and Community Development; Nasser Al Shamsi Project Manager at Bee’ah; and Aisha Deemas, Director of Executive Affairs at Sharjah Museums Authority.

Suggestions about what more the programme can offer to its new members to better equip them to respond to the changing needs of the job market driven by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, were out forth. A version of SLP for young adults and the establishment of an SLP research centre were also discussed.


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Make Mothers Day extra special with Anker

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  • Eye catching fun accessories to make your mum stand out and stay in touch

Mother’s Day is the perfect occasion to thank and celebrate our heroic mums who have loved and nurtured each member of the family unconditionally through good times and trying times. To ensure we stay in touch with our mothers through calls and make their lives easier, Anker introduces a selection of gadgets and accessories that will reflect our boundless appreciation to the queen of the house.

RoboVac 30C

Instead of cleaning the house, we would like to see our mothers relax with a cup of tea watching their favorite programmes or out for a walk to enjoy some fresh air. Stronger, slimmer, and the most convenient RoboVac to use, the RoboVac 30C makes a perfect gift for your mother as it comes with Wi-Fi, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Assistant-compatibility, meaning it is 100% hands-free cleaning.

The slim 2.85in profile glides under sofas and beds with super-strong 1500Pa suction power and three brushes that effectively cleans up dust and furs for up to 100 minutes, leaving the house spotless.

RoboVac uses drop-sensing technology to avoid falling down stairs and specialized dual-hall sensors detect Boundary Strips that ensures RoboVac only cleans the areas you want. Nine anti-collision infrared sensors helps RoboVac avoid bumping into obstacles and clean non-stop.

PowerCore II 10000 – White A1230H21

We often get anxious when we call our mums and their phone is off because they have run out of charge. What she needs is the sleek and ultra-compact 10000mAh portable charger that provides high-speed charging with PowerIQ 2.0.

Providing three phone charges with Anker’s new generation advanced smart-charging technology, the Powercore II adapts to your device’s unique charging protocol to deliver a tailored, blazing-fast charge. Mum’s can get fully charged up in between school runs in as little as 4 hours using a Quick Charge charger and stay in contact with the family all day long.

PowerLine II 3ft Lightning – red color A8453H91

Having frayed wires wrapped up amongst wallets and makeup in hand bags can be a drag for busy mums but with PowerLine II 3ft Lightning, the world’s most durable cable, worry about wires becomes alien as it is not only safe to use and walk around with but comes in a red colour that is easy to spot in the handbag and not easily mixed with the cables of other family members.
PowerLine’s cable tolerates being bent over 12000 times along with any knocks, drops, twists or yanks thrown at it. The MFi certification means total peace of mind because it is designed to work flawlessly with devices having a Lightning port. Lasting for an entire lifetime, it really will be a cable that helps keep you and your mum in touch at all times.

PowerCore+ 10050 – A1311H51 (Pink) and A1311HB1 (Gold)

Ladies like to have fun with colours when it comes to accessories. Anker’s high-speed, high-capacity portable charger, PowerCore+ 10050 – A1311H51 comes in pink while the A1311HB1 comes in gold for the woman on the go.

The small sized premium Aluminum Portable Battery Charger with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 combines three distinct fast-charging technologies to ensure devices are charged in the shortest time possible and comes with a look that matches the most advanced phones and tablets.

Liberty Air

For mothers who like to be on the move without wires holding them down as they work out or enjoy music to wind down, Liberty Air is the answer – it is a true wireless in-ear headphones that comes with two built-in microphones with uplink noise cancellation and filters out ambient noises to ensure you sound crystal-clear even in noisy spaces.

The latest Bluetooth 5.0 technology and a FPC antenna create a rock-solid connection for skip-free music. One-Step Pairing ensures automatic connection to your mum’s device while a seamlessly concealed sensor in both the earbuds allows her to effortlessly answer calls or adjust music without reaching for the phone. The charging case provides a longer battery life on the go for the earphones.

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World Chambers Federation Chair calls for new solutions to address climate change impact on global trade

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  • Speaking at the 5th ICC Asia Pacific CEO Forum in Jakarta, WCF Chair H.E. Hamad Buamim says public and private sector stakeholders should align their efforts on climate change to maxmise their impact

Jakarta, Indonesia: Climate change is having a clear and direct economic impact on a global level and this pressing issue requires solutions and actions from all segments of the global community, including chambers of commerce, and public and private sector stakeholders, according to H.E. Hamad Buamim, Chair of the ICC – World Chambers Federation and President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

H.E. Buamim made the comments during a panel discussion entitled “Transforming the Future: Trade and Climate Change” that took place at the 5th ICC Asia Pacific CEO Forum which was held recently in Jakarta, Indonesia.

During the discussion, H.E. Buamim noted that consequences resulting from climate change are being felt in several economic sectors, including international trade, transport, tourism, and agriculture where rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions have had a direct impact on supply and demand, while environmental and infrastructure damage have also been identified as related issues.

Considerable headway has been made in achieving the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement which the UAE ratified in 2016. H.E. Buamim explained, adding that the agreement served as a catalyst for boosting global cooperation in tackling environmental challenges and developing sustainable solutions to address such obstacles.

“There is always room for improvement and more should be done on the part of the international community in adopting a more holistic approach to tackling climate change. Several studies have concluded that even ambitious emission targets can be achieved through the use of existing technologies and practices” said H.E. Buamim.

Some of these technologies that have been proven to be effective include energy efficient transport, green buildings and industry; switching to zero or low-carbon energy technologies; reducing deforestation and improving land and farming management practices; and improving waste management, he pointed out. H.E. Buamim called for removing barriers to the trade of environmentally friendly goods and services, stressing that the ICC – World Chambers Federation has played an active role by making policy recommendations that promote sustainable development and growth.

The panel was moderated by Nikolaus Schultze, ICC Global Policy Director and joined by H.E. Buamim; John W.H. Denton AO, ICC Secretary General; Ilham Akbar Habibie, President, ICC Indonesia; and Mari E. Pangestu, President United In Diversity Foundation.

World Chambers Federation (WCF) is ICC’s unique and truly global forum uniting the global network of 12,000 chambers and their respective business communities. As well strengthening links among chambers, WCF also helps individual chambers become more productive.

As a non-political, non-governmental body, WCF is the backbone of the chamber community providing a platform for chamber leaders to communicate and collaborate with each other on matters of mutual interest and facilitating beneficial partnerships.

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Retrofit projects form part of ongoing efforts to nurture environmental sustainability across Dubai’s hotel properties

Further driving environmental awareness amongst industry stakeholders, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) underlines ways in which the adoption of efficient resource management practices can lead to substantial annual savings for hotel properties. The process of ‘retrofitting’ has become a key focus for the city’s tourism sector and represents Dubai Tourism’s ongoing commitment to working closely with its industry partners as part of its Dubai Sustainable Tourism (DST) initiative. Building on the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to transform Dubai into a leading sustainable city, DST underscores the importance of joint collaborations between developers and energy service companies (ESCOs) to reduce carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021 in line with the Carbon Abatement Strategy.

The process of retrofitting calls for the upgrade of a building’s existing systems and technologies, transforming them into smart, energy-efficient infrastructures that can seamlessly improve their operations and help to save costs on an annual basis. A retrofitting programme is implemented following technical and financial audits of current conservation measures, enabling building owners and operators to identify key sustainable procurement practices that can reduce excess energy outputs across the property.

Commenting on the importance of encouraging retrofitting practices, Yousuf Lootah, Executive Director – Tourism Development & Investments, Dubai Tourism, said: “Working in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to spearhead Dubai’s transformation into one of the most sustainable cities globally, we aim to encourage wide-spread adoption of energy efficient practices including the implementation of retrofitting programmes across the breadth of Dubai’s hotel portfolio. Our ongoing partnerships with energy saving companies are aimed at boosting environmental sustainability across the industry, to harness the collective power of our hospitality stakeholders and assist them in their commitment to efficient practices throughout their properties. This allows for the development of high-performance buildings that are less costly to operate, will increase in value over time and are able to contribute to a more sustainable sector.”

Energy Management Consultants and companies across Dubai’s public and private sector provide retrofitting models that are supported by mutually beneficial partnerships – including investment opportunities that offer energy performance contracts based on shared or guaranteed savings. In the shared savings approach, the ESCOs secure credit to finance the energy efficiency measures, with the guaranteed savings approach calling on the hotel to invest in its own equipment while the ESCO takes a risk on the performance.

Leading by example, the Wyndham Dubai Marina property recently underwent an extensive retrofitting programme to maximise efficiency and increase its energy saving potential, seeing immediate results and pledging its aim to continue its conservation efforts. As an additional resource to optimise efficiency, DST encourages hotels to enroll their properties for the Carbon Calculator tool, created to enable measurement of the CO2 emission baseline of the hospitality industry in Dubai and identify the gaps in order to provide the right support.

The DST initiative, which is managed by the Tourism Development & Investments Division at Dubai Tourism, aims to position Dubai as one of the world’s leading sustainable tourism destinations in collaboration with the following partners: Etihad ESCO, Dubai Carbon, Emirates Environmental Group, Emirates Wildlife Society – WWF and Emirates Green Building Council, as well as the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA and Dubai Municipality as strategic partners.

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Nabil Foods Collaborates with Universal Studio

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Market leader in the frozen foods industry , Nabil Foods collaborates with the Universal Studios as a part of the new rebranding scheme.

The partnership was unveiled in Gulf Food that took place on 17th to 21st of February 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Center. The fun and playful characters Minions are a welcome addition to the branding of Nabil Foods’ newest product range and marketing activities.

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E-Sports are going BIG in the Middle East!… it was about time!

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It is not a secret that the E-Sport market has been growing fast for quite some time, powered by millennials in the 24-35 years of age. From these millennials around 85% are men and 15% women according to a study performed with Google Analytics. We expect the Middle East soon would get a boost from the construction of the Dubai X-Stadium as announced last year with the TECOM Group.

With this E-Sport venue created in the Middle East, the sky is the limit, and perhaps it would be added to the ESL League, one of the most famous and more lucrative leagues in the world. Certainly, we want to see the biggest names in E-Sports LIVE in the Region like the great FAKER, FEAR, NINJA, PPD, and more, along with the famous Twitch and YouTube Streamers, commentators along with COSPLAY and more events associated with the gaming community.

However, it is possible to say that gamers to be “Athletes” or even more Professional Athletes? For the average person this might be insane, how someone playing a video game can make 5 million USD or more a year in a single tournament? BELIEVE IT! Professional gamers train as hard as any other athletes, such as in soccer, basketball, runners, or any other professional sport to maintain mental and physical fitness, and on top of that there are the sponsorships computers, mice, monitors, chairs, you name it there is a sponsor for it.

To make it more dramatic, the demand for engineers, managers, and people with competitive gaming experience has skyrocket all over the world, what it seems to be a very lucrative market if done right. As mentioned by the Dubai Media Office, “Dubai X-Stadium will be positioned to play a central role by hosting world-class esports events”.  No doubt that the Middle East has the potential to become a fertile ground for amazing players in E-Sports, but the question is what is behind these events?

To help us with this question, we interviewed Brianna Earsley, Marketing Director for Battleground Zero, a UK based competitive gaming company while visiting Dubai for prospective locations and possible partners, and promoting their new E-Sport Intercontinental Cup, a series of online tournaments expected to launch in the middle of April 2019 from their website and 

What is the current situation in E-Sports around the world, do you think it is reaching a maturity level or there is still room to grow? Brianna: first we are so happy to be in the Middle East, we think there is huge potential in this region to be the next big thing, the infrastructure is already here, a city like Dubai has the experience, technology and education to be able to raise to the occasion. Also, the physical location is perfect in the center of all major financial centers in the region and its proximity to Asia where E-Sports is huge, makes Dubai a great contender supported by the X-Stadium. Certainly, we believe that there is more room to grow massively in the region, and we are here exploring the possibilities, and identifying local partners that we can work together. In general, It is expected the Esports market to reach over 220 billion USD worldwide by 2020, however with the Dubai X-Stadium it is expected other countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman and others to follow accordingly, and can make these forecasts to be easily tripled.

Which are the countries where E-Sports is most popular?

Brianna: Sweden, Canada, Korea rank high in the E-Sports radar, followed closely by other countries in Europe. Surprisingly in the USA, the E-Sport market is still fertile and quite young.  Korea is the goal of any country of E-Sports, have elementary school programs, dealing with coaches and strategies from early age, and multiple small leagues.

What differentiates a game to be an E-Sport from one that is not considered an E-Sport?

Brianna: that all matters on the following or the interest people around the world have over the game and how successful it became to move into pop culture you might say. Certainly, it is not a secret that Fornite, is without question one the most popular games in the world, along with LOL, Dota 2, Overwatch, and others. These games are loved and followed by millions of players worldwide, people want to look like their characters they love, wear t-shirts with these characters, posters, go to events linked to these games, and that “critical mass” is a big factor to identify the next big game or E-Sport tournament.

How you think E-sports could help in the Middle East to expand community and interest for technology?

Brianna: There is no secret that video games are and always been a technological wonder, and an expression of Art and creativity that needs multiple abilities, such as character design, colors, 3D design, animation, and more. Besides the Art factor, disciplines such as history, philosophy, religion, computer science, artificial intelligence and more are key to create a realistic story, a great experience, and vivid characters. A clear example is SMITE by Epic Games, where the player can use the powers and abilities of an ancient God from Norway, China, India, and more, and fight its way out of trouble.

What do you think about violence and games in youth? Do you think that video games will make young people not sensitive to violence and encourage more massive shootings like in America?

Brianna: very good question, and certainly something very personal and a very delicate matter. First, E-Sports in general are a team sport, it is a setting that requires “people’s skills” or have a social group around them to interact with people, and most importantly talk to each other in order to compete and win for a common objective. Second, I am not a psychologist, but it is easy to identify the profile of mass shooters is a lonely person, that avoids human contact and interaction with friends. Third, mass shootings have a common denominator, guns, the real ones, and controlling the access of guns is not something that is as important in America in comparison with the rest of the world from a cultural point of view, Fourth, the profile of a E-Sport person or gamer needs interaction with people, and they love the game, and certainly there are extremely smart people that are gamers such as lawyers, police officers, doctors, engineers and more.

Unfortunately, the easy access to guns has been the common denominator, and until that is controlled mass shootings won’t stop, and sadly more people will be affected from people that should never have access to a gun in the first place, I mean a real gun. In a recent study by the University of Oxford, UK showed that video games do not translate into real-life aggressive behavior in young adults, and everything comes down to common sense.

Tell us more about your online tournament?

Brianna:  Sure, we are running a tournament called the E-Sport Intercontinental Cup. These tournaments will be running on monthly basis for a Grand Final in December for Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Dota 2 initially, and for PC only. We want to create an online community with teams from all over the world, with great money prizes and cash prices, and be a preparation ground for teams to move to the next level such as leagues run by ESL, such as Overwatch League (OWL).  We have over 60 000 USD worth of cash and prizes, and hopefully our league becomes more important over time.

Is it possible that one person can dedicate their efforts to play competitive gaming full time and make a living?

Brianna:  professional gaming is like any other sports has its risk, not every kid will play in a Major League Baseball, NBA, or in a FIFA World Cup, or play for the Real Madrid; dedication, sacrifice, and training is required. E-Sports is the same. However, any kid or person can enjoy Baseball, Soccer or Basketball in the park with your family and your friends, in E-Sport is the same concept. We see teams of father and sons, mother and grandmas, you name it. Also different games have different player profiles, for example CSGO are towards more military driven individuals that need hard competition and actions, and others like Rocket League is a fun combination of sports and technology.

Do you compare your situation in New York with what happened with #AmazonH2 headquarters?  

Brianna: due to current litigation in the USA, we cannot comment much about it. The only thing we can say that the situation related to Amazon Headquarters is not even close to what we experienced. We only seeing this behavior of city officials in other cities in Eastern Europe, where these practices are common, but we never expected to see this in America. Our legal team is currently managing it. We are looking at other options in New York, and hopefully soon to open a location there.

Finally do you have a Dubai Location in mind?  

Brianna: we are looking into this right now, and we hope to find great partners that we can work with them, and a convenient location to support the demanding young population of Dubai and Gulf States. I particularly like Dubai Mall might be a perfect spot for us, and certainly we will be very excited to have teams from the Middle East in our online tournaments. We are quite aware of the Time Zone issues, and we will be doing our best to consider Time Zones for all teams to accommodate schedules to avoid unfair advantages, that’s why most tournaments are run on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

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33 companies and entities awarded Dubai Chamber CSR Label for H2-2018

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  • 359 companies have received the Dubai Chamber CSR Label since its launch in 2010
  • E. Al Ghurair: The Dubai Chamber CSR Label is a development tool for companies, enabling them to evaluate their CSR strategies, gain recognition and improve their reputation

Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry honoured 33 companies for their corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts in the second half of 2018 during a recognition ceremony recently held at its premises.

The Dubai Chamber CSR Label was presented to Landmark Group and United Engineering Construction Company for the first time.

QBG was awarded for the eighth time, while Ducab, Emirates Transport, Emrill Services, Mashreq Bank, and UAE Exchange were recognised for the seventh time.  InfoFort, Apparel Group, Enova, MAB Facilities Management, Chalhoub Group, and Veolia were among the companies receiving the Label for the sixth time; and AF Construction, CHEP Middle East, Paramount Computer Systems, and Quick Registration were honoured for the fifth time.

Amlak Finance, and Dimara International were presented with the Label for the fourth time; Blue LLC, Dar Al Tawreeq Forfaiting and Factoring Services, Road and Transport Authority, School Transport Services, and Tristar Group were among the third-time recipients.  Daikin Middle East and Africa, Clyde & Co, Future Pipe Industries, and National Bank of Fujairah were recognised for the second time.

In addition, Zulekha Hospital LLC, EMPOWER, SummerTown Interiors, and TECOM Group were presented with the Dubai Chamber Advanced CSR Label.

Congratulating the awardees for their achievements, H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, Chairman of Dubai Chamber, urged the companies to continue to strive for excellence and build on their achievements.

H.E. Al Ghurair revealed that 359 companies have received the Dubai Chamber CSR Label since its launch in 2010, and explained that the Dubai Chamber CSR Label is a clear and voluntary standard for CSR implementation in UAE and the GCC which recognises companies who adopt best business practices and conform with international CSR standards and guidelines.

“Over the years, the response to the CSR label and its overall significance has grown significantly. The Dubai Chamber CSR Label acts as a developmental tool for companies, which enables them to evaluate their CSR strategies, gain recognition for their efforts, and improve their reputation.” said H.E. Al Ghurair.

The honourees thanked Dubai Chamber for its valuable support in providing a framework for companies to benchmark and enhance their CSR performance, as well as the opportunity to promote their activities and reputation.

Since its launch in 2010, the Dubai Chamber CSR Label has grown in significance to become the highest level of recognition for the CSR efforts of businesses in the Middle East.

By applying for the Label, organisations develop a better understanding of their CSR journey and the roadmap for the future. The Dubai Chamber CSR Label is open to all organisations, private or public, regardless of their size, sector, or operations, and can make a major difference to a company’s reputation, efficiency and productivity.

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