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SAUDI DRIVER TAKES OVERALL AUTOS LEAD AS DOCHERTY PENALTIES PUT MARE IN CHARGE OF MOTOS

Saudi driver Saleh Al Saif in a CAN AM X3 was the overall Autos leader and fastest in the UTV class for four-wheel side-by-side vehicles at the end of the first leg of the Abu Dhabi Baja.

Dubai-based South African rider Aaron Mare was promoted to overall Motos and 450 category leader after fellow countryman Micheal Docherty picked up 20 minutes in time penalties for missing two passage controls and fell from contention.

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AL QASSIMI SETS HOT PACE IN ABU DHABI BAJA AS DOCHERTY GRABS BIKES LEAD ON RALLY DEBUT

New event provides demanding test for drivers, riders in mighty dunes of Rub Al Khali

The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powered his way into a commanding lead on the opening leg of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Baja today as the new event presented a demanding test for drivers and riders among the dunes of the Rub Al Khali.
Partnered by British co-driver Chris Patterson in the Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 Dakar, Al Qassimi, top seed in the T1 Autos category, won the 97-km Arada Special Stage 1 by 21 mins 57 secs from Emirati Nooh Bu Hamaid in a Nissan Patrol.

On a day when a succession of cars became trapped in treacherous soft sand, Mansoor Parol and co-driver Imran Mahmood were third quickest in a Toyota Prado ahead of Argentinian driver Ariel Jaton in the all-electric ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered.

Taking place under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC), the fifth round of the 2019 UAE Baja Championship sent 44 competitors into action from the rally base at the renowned Moreeb Dune near the Liwa oasis.

Al Qassimi, who leads the T1 title race after winning three of the previous rounds, said at the end of the leg: “It was a difficult stage because I was opening the road.

“But it was good learning experience because you have to take your time in the dunes. Because of the time of day the light makes it hard to see over the crests. But we put in a good average speed and it was good training.”

While Al Qassimi is well accustomed to hitting the front in cross country rallies, it was a new experience for UAE-based KTM rider Micheal Docherty who was the surprise leader in the fiercely contested Motos 450 category.

The Dubai-based South African, who has competed in moto cross for 18 years, ended his first ever cross country rally stage leading by 13 seconds from fellow countryman Aaron Mare on a Honda, with Kuwait’s Mohammed Jaffar in third place, 1 min 53 secs back on another KTM.

“That was an awesome ride,” said Docherty. “I was going into the unknown really, riding with GPS for the first time, not knowing what to expect. But I’m not surprised to be leading because no-one wants to start first tomorrow.”

Top Emirati KTM rider Mohammed Al Balooshi, the No.1 seed and narrow championship leader, had to settle for fourth fastest on the day, with his nearest title rival, Dubai-based Dave McBride, in sixth.

The 280km event reaches its conclusion tomorrow afternoon on completion of the 105-km Moreeb Special Stage 2 getting under way at 8am.

Provisional leading positions- T1 Autos

  1. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson (UAE/UK) / Peugeot 2008 DKR 1:38.09
  2. Nooh Bu Hamaid / Salim Al Ali (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 2:00.06
  3. Mansoor Parol / Imran Mahmood (UAE / UAE) / Toyota Prado 2:47.36
  4. Ariel Jaton / Eduardo Blanco (ESP / ESP) / ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered 2:53.50
  5. Khaled Al Jafla (UAE) / Dunebike / Armada             2:56.22
  6. Ahmed Barakat / Amira Khalil (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 2:58.59

Provisional leading positions – Motos 450

  1. Micheal Docherty (UAE) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:14.53
  2. Aaron Mare (UAE) / Honda 450 Rally 1:15.06
  3. Mohammed Jaffar (KWT) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:16.59
  4. Mohammed Balooshi (UAE) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:19.56
  5. Rashed Abdulla (UAE) / KTM 250 SX 1:21.08
  6. David McBride (UAE) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:23.12
  7. Sultan Al Balooshi (UAE) / Kawazaki KX 250 F 1:23.37
  8. Abdullah Al Shatti (KWT) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:24.57
  9. Richard Brewer (UAE) / Yamaha YZ 450 FX 1:27.08
  10. Abdulla Abu Aisheh (JOR) / KTM 350 1:27.14
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SAUDI DRIVER TAKES OVERALL AUTOS LEAD AS DOCHERTY PENALTIES PUT MARE IN CHARGE OF MOTOS

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Saudi driver Saleh Al Saif in a CAN AM X3 was the overall Autos leader and fastest in the UTV class for four-wheel side-by-side vehicles at the end of the first leg of the Abu Dhabi Baja.

Dubai-based South African rider Aaron Mare was promoted to overall Motos and 450 category leader after fellow countryman Micheal Docherty picked up 20 minutes in time penalties for missing two passage controls and fell from contention.

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AL QASSIMI SETS HOT PACE IN ABU DHABI BAJA AS DOCHERTY GRABS BIKES LEAD ON RALLY DEBUT

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New event provides demanding test for drivers, riders in mighty dunes of Rub Al Khali

The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powered his way into a commanding lead on the opening leg of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Baja today as the new event presented a demanding test for drivers and riders among the dunes of the Rub Al Khali.
Partnered by British co-driver Chris Patterson in the Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 Dakar, Al Qassimi, top seed in the T1 Autos category, won the 97-km Arada Special Stage 1 by 21 mins 57 secs from Emirati Nooh Bu Hamaid in a Nissan Patrol.

On a day when a succession of cars became trapped in treacherous soft sand, Mansoor Parol and co-driver Imran Mahmood were third quickest in a Toyota Prado ahead of Argentinian driver Ariel Jaton in the all-electric ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered.

Taking place under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC), the fifth round of the 2019 UAE Baja Championship sent 44 competitors into action from the rally base at the renowned Moreeb Dune near the Liwa oasis.

Al Qassimi, who leads the T1 title race after winning three of the previous rounds, said at the end of the leg: “It was a difficult stage because I was opening the road.

“But it was good learning experience because you have to take your time in the dunes. Because of the time of day the light makes it hard to see over the crests. But we put in a good average speed and it was good training.”

While Al Qassimi is well accustomed to hitting the front in cross country rallies, it was a new experience for UAE-based KTM rider Micheal Docherty who was the surprise leader in the fiercely contested Motos 450 category.

The Dubai-based South African, who has competed in moto cross for 18 years, ended his first ever cross country rally stage leading by 13 seconds from fellow countryman Aaron Mare on a Honda, with Kuwait’s Mohammed Jaffar in third place, 1 min 53 secs back on another KTM.

“That was an awesome ride,” said Docherty. “I was going into the unknown really, riding with GPS for the first time, not knowing what to expect. But I’m not surprised to be leading because no-one wants to start first tomorrow.”

Top Emirati KTM rider Mohammed Al Balooshi, the No.1 seed and narrow championship leader, had to settle for fourth fastest on the day, with his nearest title rival, Dubai-based Dave McBride, in sixth.

The 280km event reaches its conclusion tomorrow afternoon on completion of the 105-km Moreeb Special Stage 2 getting under way at 8am.

Provisional leading positions- T1 Autos

  1. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson (UAE/UK) / Peugeot 2008 DKR 1:38.09
  2. Nooh Bu Hamaid / Salim Al Ali (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 2:00.06
  3. Mansoor Parol / Imran Mahmood (UAE / UAE) / Toyota Prado 2:47.36
  4. Ariel Jaton / Eduardo Blanco (ESP / ESP) / ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered 2:53.50
  5. Khaled Al Jafla (UAE) / Dunebike / Armada             2:56.22
  6. Ahmed Barakat / Amira Khalil (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 2:58.59

Provisional leading positions – Motos 450

  1. Micheal Docherty (UAE) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:14.53
  2. Aaron Mare (UAE) / Honda 450 Rally 1:15.06
  3. Mohammed Jaffar (KWT) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:16.59
  4. Mohammed Balooshi (UAE) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:19.56
  5. Rashed Abdulla (UAE) / KTM 250 SX 1:21.08
  6. David McBride (UAE) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:23.12
  7. Sultan Al Balooshi (UAE) / Kawazaki KX 250 F 1:23.37
  8. Abdullah Al Shatti (KWT) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:24.57
  9. Richard Brewer (UAE) / Yamaha YZ 450 FX 1:27.08
  10. Abdulla Abu Aisheh (JOR) / KTM 350 1:27.14
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Troy Bronson: An Iconic Photographer with a Passion for Traveling

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Travel presents a chance to test your limits. On the surface, it’s basically about exploring new destinations. But underneath, it goes beyond that. It takes people on a journey where you discover newly found worlds and exposes you to different cultures with unique lifestyles.

While it is quite impossible to travel back in time to the exact moment, capturing the most memorable moments serves as a window to visit the past and more likely create new memories. From participating in the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich, Germany, to visiting the gorgeous Sandy beaches in Cape Town, South Africa, Troy Bronson’s love for travel cannot be quantified.

He has visited well over 30 countries around the globe including Germany, France, Greece, and South Africa.

Troy Bronson has a reputation for scouting the location for animated movies. In addition, he is a distinguished writer and passionate about providing aid to underrepresented communities across the world.

 

Landscape Photography

Troy Bronson’s love for travel and photography stems from his love for nature. Taking an early morning hike up the mountains, enjoying a leisure stroll around secluded beaches and admiring the charming beauty of nature piques his interest.

His best chance of getting up close and personal with Mother Nature, regardless of the region of the world, is through landscape photography.

Architecture Photography

What better way to appreciate the influence of human creation than through architecture photography? Troy Bronson’s architectural photography speaks wonders of his expertise. When it comes to capturing beautifully designed buildings, sculptures, and monuments, Troy Bronson never fails to deliver high-quality pictures. He creates images with intention and purpose

While so many people travel to collect souvenirs, he travels to capture beautiful images. No two travel destination is the same in terms of look, people, history, and landscapes. Troy Bronson has learned how to capture the best spots and convey the spirit of a place to others. His travel photographs are so enticing and captivating that it makes people want to venture there.

This American photographer is an avid reader and researcher who spends most of his time scouting for the best locations while also improving his craft. After figuring potential photo locations, he conducts further research on the best time of the day with the best light, weather conditions, and the best ways to acclimatize with the cultures and traditions.

Troy Bronson loves traveling but not without his closest travel companion – the camera. Every picture tells a unique story. His pictures make people develop a deep love and respect for this planet. Traveling and photography are his greatest passion. Just as with every other responsibility, making good photographs require great commitment, patience, and flexibility. These are subjects that Bronson is known for.

Traveling around the world without proper planning can be detrimental. Producing captivating photographs while on the road requires adequate planning and preparation.

See more of his work at http://www.troybronson.com/

 

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Investment Opportunities grow with Hurrican factory in Indoor Skydiving

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Most people think that skydiving can only be done outdoors in the sky. However, with the development of technology, there is now an indoor rendition of the sport, which is done through vertical wind tunnels.

What Is A Vertical Wind Tunnel?

Vertical wind tunnels (VWT) are wind tunnels that blow up the air in a column. This is actually a recreational wind tunnel that is most of the time advertised as “bodyflight” or “indoor skydiving”. It’s also a training tool that most skydivers use.

These wind tunnels can give people the ability to fly on air without needing parachutes or planes, simply by the force of the wind that’s generated vertically. The wind inside these tunnels generally moves upward at 120 mph, which is also a falling human body’s terminal velocity, although it can vary from one person to another.

VWT’s are most of the time called ‘indoor skydiving’ because of its popularity with skydivers that say the sensation they get is very similar to the real thing. As the person ‘floats’ in midair inside the wind tunnel, this is termed as ‘bodyflight’.

Types Of Vertical Wind Tunnels

Basically, there are 2 main types of VWTs, namely: outdoor and indoor. The outdoor type can be either portable or stationary. The portable ones are the types that are often used for movie productions, demonstrations and are usually rented for big events like state fairs and conventions.

Portable units give a dramatic effect for the spectators and the flying person since there are no walls bounding the flight area. This kind of wind tunnel gives you the opportunity to fly with a partial or full-sky/outdoor view. Some outdoor units can also have nettings around or walls so as to keep beginners from flying out the tunnel boundaries.

For the indoor types, you also have to subcategories, namely: re-circulating and non-re-circulating. Non-re-circulating wind tunnels generally suck air via inlets found in the building’s bottom portion. Then the air would go up the bodyflight area, and exit through the top portion of the building. However, the re-circulating type would create an aerodynamic loop that has turning vanes, which are similar to scientific wind tunnels but has a vertical loop and a bodyflight chamber inside the vertical portion of the loop.

Re-circulating tunnels are usually used in places where the climate is too cold for non-re-circulating types. Indoor types usually have a smoother and controlled airflow than outdoor types. They also have more control over temperature. Thus, they can be operated year-round in places with a cold climate.

What is the deal for up to 100% Equity!

We’re introducing an exciting investment opportunity where the investor can get 100% equity on the project Hurricane Factory.

Hurricane Factory (HF) owns and operates a network of vertical wind tunnels in Europe. Vertical wind tunnels are designed to provide a unique experience of indoor skydiving. Tunnels are based on Strojírna Litvínov technology, which is patented in Europe. In the circular glass flight chamber, everyone from age 5 years old can feel what is it like to fly in the wind speed of 270 km/h under the supervision of experienced instructors.

WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED

HF branches are located in Middle Europe and in South West Europe. In 300km circle from their tunnels live more than 125 million people (our potential clients).

  • BERLIN (GERMANY)
  • PRAGUE (CZECH REPUBLIC)
  • LIPTOVSKÝ MIKULÁŠ (SLOVAKIA)
  • MADRID (SPAIN)

BUSINESS INTRODUCTION

The wind tunnel business is based on 2 main areas:

  1. Funflight – market-based on flying for the general public, corporate events and vouchers sale
  2. Sportflight – market-based on skydivers and professional tunnel flyers We are successful in fulfilling our goal to increase flight time against the previous year and also increase funflight against sportflight to maximalize our profits.

KEY INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS

SUCCESSFUL SALES STRATEGY IN FUNFLIGHT

  • Highly developed sales strategy based on 8 years of experience in the business from its birth to today, when indoor skydiving is well known and desired experience
  • We managed to prevent market saturation and create a stable and regular supply of clients
  • HF tunnels have become a popular venue for variable types of corporate events
  • Kids activities – regular flying courses for children, connected with the exercise activities in the fresh air, yoga, gymnastics, as well as the development of the ability to work in the team, concentration, etc. Many of our projects have found support in the municipalities or the Ministry of Education and Sports
  • We participated in the development of the virtual reality system and now we use it in the tunnel to offer our clients a new service
  • We have developed systems that allow people with different handicaps to fly

COMMERCIAL USE

  • The tunnel is an interesting object for production companies from all over the world, whether it is about making video clips, commercials, feature films, reality shows, etc.
  • We can name commercial spots for Apple Watch Series 4, Ecco, Nike Air, or music video clip for Okta Logue
  • Pitch Black Dark, a reality show for National Japanese TV It’s a great tool for how to promote many brands in special view, and how to promote our tunnels in the world.

RAPIDLY GROWING FUTURE OF THE SPORT

  • Wind tunnels are no longer just simulators for jumping from an airplane, but it is an independent internationally recognized sport called indoor skydiving
  • The HF bears considerable credit for the formation of the sport and its recognition by the FAI (World Air Sports Federation), where indoor skydiving is the only air sport that children under the age of 15 can participate in, and as the only sport where is a chance to integrate into Olympic Games
  • HF is very actively involved in shaping the rules for indoor skydiving, judging system and training of judges, as well as in the training of world-class athletes in all categories
  • Our instructors and HF teams rank among the world top of indoor skydiving, they are sought-after trainers, organize their own training camps and thus they are also an essential source of sports clients.

FAI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD CUPS

  • Indoor skydiving has been accepted as an official sport by FAI in 2013
  • The 1st FAI World Championship in Indoor Skydiving took place in HF Prague in 2015 (about 380 racers from around the world participated)
  • HF Tatralandia will host 4th FAI World Championship in Indoor Skydiving in 2021
  • Sponsors’ interest in this sport continues to grow
  • HF teams are placed on the podium every year

For more information for investors, please contact Mr. Tomáš Grigliak Over WhatsApp!

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FIRST UAE TEAM NAMED TO CONTEST IWWF WORLD WAKEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ABU DHABI

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ADIMSC, IWWF work together to give sport major boost, create world-class stage at Eastern Mangroves

Wakeboarding in the UAE will be given a major boost next week when the country’s first ever international team competes against the world’s best on a spectacular stage in Abu Dhabi.

The six-man UAE team, including two Emirati brothers, was announced today by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), which hosts the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships taking place from 19-23 November.

The team is captained by Khaled Subaa who takes part in the Open Men’s category along with Omeir Saeed. His younger brother, Ahmed Saeed, lines up in the 14 & Under Boys class with Hamed Al Belooshi and Mohamed Al Belooshi, while Ahmed Al Remeithi competes in the Junior 18 & Under Men’s event.

ADIMSC and the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, the sport’s governing body, are working together to create a superb event venue both for competitors and spectators at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade.

The organisers believe the event, based at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, will create a big surge of interest in wakeboarding and establish the UAE capital as one of the sport’s leading international destinations.

“The arrival of the world championships in Abu Dhabi for the first time coincides perfectly with the opening of our new wakeboard academy,” said Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of ADIMSC.

“We’re working closely with the IWWF to create a centre of excellence here for towed water sports which will help people at all levels of ability to develop their skills and knowledge of the sport.”

IWWF Executive Director Paul Fong said: “Abu Dhabi has created a brilliant stage for the IWWF Wakeboard Worlds, and we’re looking to excite the kids and draw a generation of young people into wakeboarding.

“For any sport to grow it needs local heroes, and the creation of a UAE team is a big step in this direction. The message to all young and established water sports enthusiasts and their friends is come to watch and engage with the world’s best in Abu Dhabi next week.”

More than 150 riders from 31 countries will compete for IWWF World Wakeboard Championships in ten age-group categories for both men and women, as well as the team overall title. The Open Men’s & Women’s categories offer a cash purse of USD50,000.

  • After three days of official practice starting on Saturday, qualifying takes place next Tuesday
  • followed by the official opening ceremony at 5pm. Four days of competition starting on Wednesday
  • morning is rounded off on Saturday by medal ceremonies and a closing ceremony and awards
  • dinner at Al Khatim Desert.
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ABU DHABI BAJA SETS STAGE FOR CLASSIC DESERT TEST

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There is no better place in the world for off-road rallying, says Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi

The inaugural Abu Dhabi Baja gets under way tomorrow morning, with drivers and riders urged to savour their appearance on one of the best stages in the world for off road rallying.

Taking place under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC), the 280km two-day event is the fifth of six rounds in the 2019 UAE Baja Championship and gives an extra dimension to the new series.

Sweeping across the dunes and sabkha plains of the Rub Al Khali, the Abu Dhabi Baja becomes the flagship event, providing competitors with a greater test, in a championship otherwise featuring one-day rallies.

“We launched the championship this year to help secure the future of rallying in the UAE through events which are more affordable and open to a wide range of competitors from entry level upwards,” said Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi, Founder and President of the EMC.

“The Abu Dhabi Baja is the next step up for drivers and riders. The route is both challenging and fair, running through some of the most dramatic desert terrain on earth. There is no better place in the world for off-road rallying. We want everyone to enjoy it.”

H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will present the trophies at the official prize giving taking place at 4pm on Saturday at Moreeb Dune, the rally’s base with the backing of Liwa Sport Club.

The event has attracted a line-up of 44 drivers and riders competing in T1, T2, Group S and UTV auto classes, as well as Motos 450, 250 and quad categories, with prize money on offer in each class.

Top seed in the T1 Autos category is the UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi accompanied by British co-driver Chris Patterson in the Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 Dakar. The car has taken Al Qassimi to wins in three of the previous four previous rounds, although he was denied a good finish in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula–Neom Cross-Country Rally last weekend by a serious oil leak.

Emirati KTM rider Mohammed Al Balooshi, No.1 seed and championship leader in the Motos 450 category, can afford no mistakes in the big bikes title race. Only 11 points separate him from the chasing trio of KTM riders Dave McBride and Kuwaiti Mohamed Jaffar, and Dubai-based South African Aaron Mare, on a Honda.

Like Al Qassimi, two other UAE drivers will also be seeking their fourth victories in the championship – Ahmad Barakat partnered by Amira Khalil in a Group S Nissan Patrol, as well as Saif Al Muhairi who leads the UTV auto class for four-wheel side-by-side vehicles in a Yamaha YXZ.

While Saleh Al Saif tops the UTV T class, he will be aiming to record his first outright victory of the series in a Can Am X3.

UAE rider, Ahmed Al Mulla, meanwhile has the chance to wrap up the quads crown while Abdulla Lanjawi will be pressing his championship hopes in the Motos 250 class.

The 97-km Arada Special Stage 1 gets underway at 11am tomorrow (Friday), with the 105-km Moreeb Special Stage 2 starting at 8am the following day.

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Awards Ceremony

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Qadeer Ahmad Siddiqui C.E.O AL BARAKAH GROUP Welcoming His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment at Smovies Short Film Competition 2019 awards ceremony.

Qadeer Ahmad Siddiqui C.E.O AL BARAKAH GROUP with His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment

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Travelpreneur Michael Peres Shares 4 Examples of Thinking Outside the Box

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A native of Montreal, Quebec, entrepreneur Michael Peres was born in a home with eight other siblings and grew up in an Orthodox community. In spite of a poor secular secular education and some problematic learning disabilities like ADHD, he has managed to carve out a life for himself doing what he loves. Perhaps best known for his work as a software engineer (Hexa Tiger and Hecto Fox are both tech-based startups that he’s nurtured over the years) Peres today wears a variety of different hats, having spent time developing apps and other kinds of software, working as a technology & marketing consultant, hosting a radio show, and traveling the world full-time. 

Breaking 9 to 5 — like Hexa Tiger and Hecto Fox, a subsidiary of Hexa Web Systems, Inc. — is one of his current projects, which aims to help other people learn how they, too, can travel full-time while doing work that they love. Peres has studied in Montreal, Israel, and New York City, graduating at the age of 25 with a degree in Mathematics, Computer Science and Jewish Studies. 

Part of what makes Peres such a unique voice in today’s high-speed business world is the fact that he’s developed a number of different, out-there techniques designed to disrupt the status quo and make a splash in whichever industry he focuses on. Read on to discover some of the most successful of these strategies.

 

 

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  1. Act First, Ask Later

It’s common knowledge that tech industries are difficult to break into on account of the recent technological boom. In order to make a dent, Peres needed to come up with a way of doing things a little differently than is competition. This involved seeking out websites with had been poorly designed and rebuilding them from scratch. Only after he’d already completed the work would he get in touch with the companies themselves and show them what he’d created. More often than not, they were delighted with the outcome — and the fact that everything was already finished was a huge boost as well. This became the cornerstone of his network-building plan, as he would only ask for his own name and social media outlets to be marketed as part of the finished product.

 

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  • Undersell, Overperform 

Ever since Dale Carnegie wrote How to Make Friends and Influence People, we as a society have been gripped by an overselling fever. We’re taught that you need to pitch yourself as aggressively as possible in order to take your chosen niche by storm. Peres did precisely the opposite, with incredible results. By deliberately underselling his own abilities, he guaranteed that every job he completed would live on in the minds of his clients and encourage them to work further with him.

  1. Trust in Word of Mouth

By focusing on clients who already had large networks of contacts in which they operated, Peres managed to disseminate his own name in a manner that most of his peers thought was obsolete. Even in the age of the Internet, word of mouth was still important. This strategy resulted in referrals he couldn’t have gotten anywhere else, as well as a solid portfolio of high-value clients he could then leverage in order to make even more connections. 

  1. The Importance of Social Media

It can seem impossible to escape from social media these days, but many of us underestimate exactly how powerful a large social media presence can be when it comes to networking and getting work. If a client is on the fence about your services, having a strong social circle can make a strong case and push them over the line. Peres took this strategy to heart, often eschewing capital in favour of building a more extensive, influential social media presence, which in turn worked as tacit affirmation of the value he was providing to the people around him.

 

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What Can We Learn from Michael Peres?

Perhaps the most important single lesson any budding entrepreneur can learn from Peres’s experience is that bravery is rewarded, more often than not. By refusing to bow down to the status quo and recreate what everybody else was already doing, Peres was taking a massive risk — but it’s a risk that paid off in kind. Clients who worked with him recognised that he was doing things in an unorthodox way, and since they themselves wanted to stand out from their competition, they understood that he could provide them with the same kind of disruptive value.

Whether you follow one of the four principles above or whether you dream up your own, don’t be afraid to take a chance. Doing what everybody else is already doing is a safe bet, but it’s not likely to change your life. On the other hand, if you’re able to dream up your own methods of achieving goals, you’ll be giving yourself the gift of satisfaction, as well as a real chance at serious success. We all like doing things our own way, and sometimes all we need is a little encouragement to break out of the box and start re-imagining our own existence.

 

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FBR urged exporters to get benefits from new export promotion schemes

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Chief of Exports, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Iqbal Munir on Tuesday apprised different stakeholders including exporters from different industries on newly launched export promotion, facilitation & exemption schemes of the government and urged the business community to get maximum benefits from these schemes to help boost country’s exports.

He was addressing the first Public Private Dialogue Forum (PPDF) Round table Meeting to Review Export Promotion & Exemption Schemes 2019-20, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA) project.
Iqbal Munir said that there are mainly five different export promotion scheme including, Manufacturing Bonds Scheme, Export Oriented Schemes (EOS), Duty and Tax Remission for Exports (DTRE) Scheme, Temporary Importation scheme (TIS), Export processing Zones (EPSs). He said that these schemes have been fully automated in order to minimize the human interaction and to help ensure in ease of doing business which would resultant in boosting exports. “The benefits under different schemes against certain conditions include exemption of duties and taxes on all the imported goods including raw material to machinery and capital goods” he said adding the need for increasing awareness about the export promotion schemes among businesses and exports all around the country.
Joint Executive Director, SDPI, Dr. Vaqar Ahmed said that despite the desired by the government for increased tax revenue amid an environment of low economic expansion, exporters may continue to face a constrained macroeconomic environment. He said that upward trend in the exports during the period of July-September FY20 and rise in State Bank reserves was a positive sign which may give confidence to local and foreign investors. “For the medium to longer term, the key for economic revival will be sustained increase in exports which should not be confined to traditional sectors,” he said adding in this regard, FBR can help the private sector in improving its understanding around how to access export exemption schemes allowed for imports.
Dr Vaqar said that while some exporters are utilizing duty drawback scheme, however it seems that accessing other schemes such as Duty and Tax Remission of Exports (DTRE), Manufacturing Bond, Export Oriented Unit & SME Scheme, and Temporary Importation Scheme, seems difficult. “The analysis by SDPI reveals that private sector may be able to better utilize these schemes if time to process application at FBR is reduced, and costs involved in application and delays in receiving duty rebates is rationalized,” he added. Audit may be made risk-based so that reputed exporters do not have to wait for longer time period for processing of their applications, he underlined. He also stressed the need for regular and timely revision of statutory regulatory orders (SROs) which regulate these export exemption schemes.
Chief of Party, USAID-PRIEA project, Hussan Bano Barki said that Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity (PREIA) project aim to focus on trade promotion and facilitation in Pakistan to improve trade and transit competitiveness. She said that an enabling environment and improved policy is the key for export competitiveness of the country. For that an informed public private dialogue for building consensus is necessary, she added. She also stressed the need for enhanced exports growth to reduce the trade deficit.
Shahid Ali Khan, Director, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said that there are 3.2 million entrepreneurs in the country, of which 90 percent are small and medium enterprises (SMEs). He said that majority of the SMEs either don’t have access to financing facilities provided by the SBP or these enterprises have little knowledge. “Despite high discount rates in the country, the SBP has already announced the lending facility up-to 200 million rupees for SMEs at 6 percent markup, where export oriented enterprises can get financing facilities,” he added.
President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI), Muhammad Ahmed lamented that FBR and other regulatory authorities favor the public limited companies and corporate sector mostly and other SMEs are not provided with same facilitations. He said that regulatory bodies should provide level playing field to all the business around the country equally for healthy market competition. While highlighting the technical issues in exporting goods, he said time consuming documentation and bureaucratic hurdles are the major challenges of improving exports.
Chairman, Faisalabad Garment City Company (FGCC), Rehan said that these export promotion schemes on paper seems very easy but practically are very difficult to materialise. He said due to the current tax regime, there is hardly any commercial export left. He said unwarranted delays in audit and renewal of documentation by the FBR are also hurting our exports. Azhar Majeed, representing the business community stressed upon FBR for improvements in their automation system, where records and data was outdated, to help the businesses to get updated information. Representative of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) on the occasion urge the need for collective and synergizing efforts to raise awareness around export promotion schemes to help the businesses to enhance their exports.
The meeting was also attended by the representatives of Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (RCCI), Export Development Fund, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Surgical Instruments Manufacturing Association of Pakistan (SIMAP) and members of different business association.

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ABU DHABI BAJA TAKES ALL ELECTRIC CAR INTO WORLD RALLY RECORD BOOKS

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Kuwaiti rider Jaffar aims to put pressure on UAE’s Al Balooshi in race for bikes championship title

Argentinian driver Ariel Jaton will secure another place in the record books of world rallying when he contests this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Baja at the wheel of a zero-emission electric car.

Jaton made history in the 2017 Dakar Rally when he became the first competitor to complete the gruelling event in a vehicle supplied with only electricity from renewable sources.

Since then the car – known as the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered – has contested off road events in Italy, Morocco and Australia, and in the Abu Dhabi Baja it will become the only fully electric vehicle to have competed in homologated rallies across five continents.

Partnered by Argentinean navigator Eduardo Blanco, Jaton faces another tough test over a demanding route cutting into the spectacular dunes of the Rub Al Khali on Frday and Saturday.

The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi, accompanied by British co-driver Chris Patterson in the Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 Dakar, is the overwhelming favourite for victory in the T1 Autos class after winning three of the previous four rounds of the UAE Baja Championship.

Taking place under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC), the innaugural Abu Dhabi Baja will be based at the renowned Moreeb Dune facility with the backing of Liwa Sport Club.

Kuwaiti KTM rider Mohamed Jaffar enters the event needing a victory to boost his hopes of overhauling top Emirati rider Mohammed Balooshi in the race for the UAE Baja Championship Motos 450 crown.

While both have scored one victory each so far, Al Balooshi on a Kawasaki leads UAE-based veteran KTM rider Dave McBride by a single point, with Jaffar another five points adrift.

Dubai-based South African Aaron Mare, winner of the first two rounds, is just four points further away on his Honda and the title race is still wide open.

The Abu Dhabi Baja offers prize money in all categories – T1, T2, Group S and UTV auto classes, as well as Motos 450, 250 and quad categories.

From the rally base at Moreeb Dune, competitors head out into the Rub Al Khali for two special stages amounting to 250km of competitive off road rallying in a route totalling 280km in length, including liaisons.

Documentation and scrutineering takes place on Friday between 7-10am. The first special stage gets underway at 11am, with stage two starting at 8am the following day and the event concluding with prize giving at 4pm.

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