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TORRENTE COMPLETES POLE HAT-TRICK IN PORTUGAL AS TEAM ABU DHABI TURN ON POWER

 

 World champion edges out Al Qemzi with brilliant F1 qualifying surge

Shaun Torrente completed a remarkable F1H2O World Championship hat-trick by clinching pole position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Portugal as Team Abu Dhabi scored a second successive one-two qualifying success in Portimao.

Torrente produced a stunning fastest lap of 42.58s in the third qualifying session to edge out team-mate Thani Al Qemzi, just as he did 12 months ago, by 0.08s on the Arade River Circuit

It was the reigning world champion’s third successive pole position in Portugal and it gives him the chance to repeat his brilliant qualifying and race double triumph on his Team Abu Dhabi debut in Portugal last year.

“It wasn’t a perfect run because conditions were very difficult and the wind made the boat jump about, but the team did an amazing job to prepare it for me,” he said at the finish, as Marit Stromoy marked Norway National Day with the third quickest time.

With Al Qemzi also saving his best for the third qualifying session, the Team Abu Dhabi duo now have the perfect platform as they look to begin the defence of their world team title with another victory tomorrow.

  1. Shaun Torrente – completed a hat-trick of pole positions in Portugal.
  2. Thani Al Qemzi – also saved his best for last in qualifying.

 

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POORAN TO PLAY FOR GUYANA AMAZON WARRIORS

Nicholas Pooran has been signed by the Guyana Amazon Warriors as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League which will take place from 4 September to 12 October. The Trinidadian wicket-keeper batsman played for the Barbados Tridents last year but in a big move for him and the franchise he will be playing for the Guyanese team in 2019.

Pooran has played 11 T20 Internationals for the West Indies and has become a fixture in T20 tournaments around the world. He is also a member of the West Indies squad for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. This will be the third CPL team that Pooran has represented having started his career with the Trinbago Knight Riders before moving to the Tridents.

The rest of the Amazon Warriors squad will be decided at the Hero CPL Player Draft which takes place on 22 May 2019.

Omar Khan, Team Operations Manager, for the Amazon Warriors, said: “Nicholas is amongst the very best T20 batting talents in the world and we wanted to bring him into our team as we push to go one better than last year where we finished as runners-up. He is explosive and exciting, and we are very pleased to be able to have such an impressive young talent representing the Guyana Amazon Warriors this year.”

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TORRENTE COMPLETES POLE HAT-TRICK IN PORTUGAL AS TEAM ABU DHABI TURN ON POWER

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 World champion edges out Al Qemzi with brilliant F1 qualifying surge

Shaun Torrente completed a remarkable F1H2O World Championship hat-trick by clinching pole position for tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Portugal as Team Abu Dhabi scored a second successive one-two qualifying success in Portimao.

Torrente produced a stunning fastest lap of 42.58s in the third qualifying session to edge out team-mate Thani Al Qemzi, just as he did 12 months ago, by 0.08s on the Arade River Circuit

It was the reigning world champion’s third successive pole position in Portugal and it gives him the chance to repeat his brilliant qualifying and race double triumph on his Team Abu Dhabi debut in Portugal last year.

“It wasn’t a perfect run because conditions were very difficult and the wind made the boat jump about, but the team did an amazing job to prepare it for me,” he said at the finish, as Marit Stromoy marked Norway National Day with the third quickest time.

With Al Qemzi also saving his best for the third qualifying session, the Team Abu Dhabi duo now have the perfect platform as they look to begin the defence of their world team title with another victory tomorrow.

  1. Shaun Torrente – completed a hat-trick of pole positions in Portugal.
  2. Thani Al Qemzi – also saved his best for last in qualifying.

 

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Synology® Unveils DiskStation Manager 6.2.2 – A Solid Platform for Data Management

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The field-proven reliable system for enterprise IT transformation

Synology Inc. today released the latest update of DiskStation Manager (DSM) 6.2.2, featuring a series of new functionalities that not only optimize user navigation but also enhance system performance.

“DSM 6.2 has demonstrated field-proven reliability with over 3.4 million Synology NAS running it. Tailor-made for your IT infrastructure and ready to fit into any environment, DSM 6.2.2 now comes with more granular options that help IT administrators gain better control over the whole system,” said Hewitt Lee, Director of Product Management Group at Synology. “This facilitates business data management with services that more accurately suits your needs.”

Key features include:

System optimization: Granular configurations ensuring consistent performance in production environments are now available in Snapshot Replication, iSCSI Manager, and Synology High Availability. Visit the Release Note to learn more.

Smart Update: Designed to minimize system interruptions, Smart Update detects whether the system would benefit from an update and decide to install or skip the update based on the system’s running services to achieve the highest system uptime.

Contextual guidance to provide quick resolutions: More information and troubleshooting tips are added to Storage Manager to reduce confusion and human errors as well as guiding users to resolve potential issues, supporting them across different aspects of storage management with a better user experience.

Migration Assistant Beta: The new package allows you to complete whole-system migration including volumes, LUNs, and configurations with ease, minimizing disruptions to existing services and users during a hardware upgrade.

DSM 6.2 and a list of packages for backup, file management and syncing, high availability, video surveillance, central management, and more will receive security updates and important fixes until June 2023. The long-term support ensures that businesses can maintain a stable production environment over a long period of time and be able to plan for the deployment of the next major version in a suitable time frame.

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Future Network Awards 2019 Awards Schneider Electric and NPCC under the category ‘Networking Project of the Year – Public’

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Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation and National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC), UAE’s largest engineering, procurement, and construction companies were awarded by the Future Network Awards 2019 as the ‘Networking Project of the Year – Public’. This recognition came in the light of the successful digital transformation of NPCC’s production and operation facilities for monitoring their energy consumption with the help of Schneider’s EcoStruxure Power architecture, and the Power Monitoring Expert system, and smart meters. By implementing Schneider’s EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert (PME), NPCC has the advantage of gaining real-time operational insights, with immediate alerts on disturbances enabling them to fully understand their energy consumption patterns, identify the problem areas and take necessary measures to optimize energy consumption. This digital transformation will support NPCC in achieving their 5-year plan that aims to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent.

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KidZania Kuwait brings MED-EL Cochlear Implant Community together at an exciting Family Day

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KidZania Kuwait, the exciting kid-sized metropolis, welcomed MED-EL Medical Electronics by recently hosting a fun family day for all its cochlear implant users in Kuwait. The event took place at KidZania where the cochlear implant community along with their families connected in an engaging experiential learning environment full of fun activities for everyone.

The event commenced with a welcome note and  presentation by the MED-EL Middle East management on awareness regarding hearing loss and valuable tips on how to make the most of the users hearing implants.  Following that, there were many enjoyable activities for the kids from face painting to arts and crafts guaranteeing endless entertainment, coiled with an educational element in each activity. The children were also very excited to try out the limited time only space themed attractions as part of the Space Expedition variable program.

Tamer Al Shahat, Managing Director of MED-EL Middle East said: ” We are very happy to host our first ever family fun day in Kuwait and we thank KidZania for helping us get the community together at a fun event. We believe it is essential that we raise awareness about hearing loss in the community as there are still some who are unaware of how well these solutions work. With cochlear implants the patient can immerse themselves in their community and be free to live a normal life. At KidZania, the families were not only entertained, but children were also educated on different life skills and learnt about the practicality of the work environment in a fun way.”

Fernando Medroa, Vice President of Leisure & Entertainment at Alshaya Group said: We at KidZania are very happy to create a positive difference in our local community and support social welfare. This initiative falls under our corporate social responsibility framework giving importance to valuable engagement and supporting community causes. We are very happy to provide a platform for Med-El to host this Family Fun Day for the cochlear implant users and bring the cochlear implant community together at KidZania.”

The families were entertained with astounding shows and performances held by KidZania’s six RightZkeepers: Urbano, Vita, Chika, Beebop, Bekha and Bache who promote the children’s essential rights to know, to care, to share, to create, to be and to play. Children also enjoyed memorable photo opportunities with the RightZkeepers.

KidZania sparks a kid’s inquisitive mind and creativity and helps develop and implement their social, intellectual and professional skills in a fun and diverse work environment.

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ORLANDO ANNOUNCES RECORD 75 MILLION VISITORS, SOLIDIFIES RANKING AS NO. 1 U.S. TRAVEL DESTINATION

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Celebrates International Gains Despite Economic and Political Headwinds

Tourism officials announced recently a historic milestone for the U.S. travel industry as Orlando released news of a record-setting 75 million annual visitors in 2018. The increase of 4.2% over the prior year once again solidifies Orlando’s lead position as America’s most-visited destination.

Visit Orlando, the region’s official destination tourism and marketing organization, shared the news as part of National Travel & Tourism Week to a gathering of more than 1,000 tourism and community leaders.

“It was another record-breaking year for Orlando with both domestic and international visitation,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “We saw strong gains from all of our core countries, particularly from Latin America. This success is a testament to the special appeal of our destination that continues to grow and evolve, as well as our strong commitment to strategic marketing initiatives.”

Orlando reached a host of new milestones in 2018 including:

– Record number of U.S. visitors: 68.55 million (+4.1%)

– Record number of international visitors: 6.48 million (+5.4%)

– Record airline arrivals: Orlando International Airport (OIA) maintained its position as the busiest airport in Florida, with 47.7 million passengers (+6.9%)

– Record international airline arrivals: OIA’s international arrivals reached 6.6 million passengers

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Tenable Research Discovered a Download Hijack Vulnerability in Slack

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Slack issues update but bad actors could have leveraged the flaw for corporate espionage or file manipulation

 Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, announced that its research team discovered a vulnerability in the Slack Desktop Application for Windows that could have allowed an attacker to alter where a victim’s files are stored when the documents are downloaded within Slack.

Slack has become a critical tool for many organizations looking to keep their employees connected. The vulnerability, which was found in Slack Desktop Application for Windows version 3.3.7 and has since been patched in version 3.4.0, could have allowed an attacker to send a crafted hyperlink via a Slack message that, once clicked, changes the document download location path to an attacker-owned file share. By exploiting the flaw, an attacker can not only steal future documents downloaded within Slack, but they can also manipulate them, such as injecting malicious code that would compromise the victim’s machine once opened.

“The digital economy and global distributed workforce have brought new technologies to market with the ultimate goal of seamless connectivity,” said Renaud Deraison, co-founder and chief technology officer, Tenable. “But it’s critical that organizations realize this emerging technology is potentially vulnerable and part of their expanding attack surface. Tenable Research continues to work with vendors such as Slack to disclose our discoveries to ensure consumers and organizations are secure.”

Slack has released version 3.4.0 to address this vulnerability. Users are urged to confirm that their Slack for Windows is updated to this latest version.

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Ellington highlights local talent with the unveiling of unique art installation by AUS students in Belgravia II

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Impressive sculpture is part of 92 art pieces created by the students of American University of Sharjah’s Interior Design & Photography Department

As an art and design-led property developer, Ellington is committed to working with universities and schools to support youth talent in art and design

 

Ellington, Dubai’s leading design-led property developer, has put the spotlight on local artistic and design talent with the unveiling of a collection of 92 art works by the students of American University of Sharjah’s Interior Design & Photography Department at Belgravia II in Jumeirah Village Circle.

The artworks, which include a compelling ceiling installation named ‘Hamama’, in the main lobby of Belgravia II, was officially unveiled at a ceremony held at the newly-handed over residential community. The senior management of Ellington, the Dean, faculty and students of American University of Sharjah and the residents of Belgravia II attended the unveiling.

The central art installation is part of over 92 art works showcased by the students, including over 90 creative black and white photographs with gold and silver leafing, themed ‘unveiled’ that add to the elegant setting of the residential destination.

Under the guidance of Dr. Varkki Pallathucheril, Dean of the American University of Sharjah’s College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) and mentored by Juan Roldán, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Interior Design Steering Committee at AUS and other teaching faculty, the students created the sculpture and other artworks.

The students associated with the art installation are Mariam AlJuwaied, Priyanka Soni, Rima Chalha, Sana Fathima and Camilo Cerro, with the support of Bishoy Girgis at CAAD Labs, while Aisha Alyassi was responsible for the art direction and photography of the photographic works.

The specially commissioned art project was executed over six months, which included planning and preliminary design, while the actual installation of ‘Hamama’ on-site took only one full day. More than four students were involved in the sculptural work, working an average of two hours a day and sourcing all materials locally.

‘Hamama’, challenges the materiality of the acrylic it´s made from and becomes an organic expression of a controlled agitation of a flock of doves, which sprouts from its core. It is made up of tri-part units that have been heat-bent into dynamic shapes and linked together to generate its visual dynamism. The design team designed, fabricated and tested several prototypes of the pieces taking advantage of the facilities housed within the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

‘unveiled’ features a series of photographs that are based on the UAE’s beauty – from its cityscape sand dunes to peculiar details that perhaps go unnoticed. Each photograph plays a role in revealing a certain concealed beauty within the country through the use of incandescent textures.

Robert Booth, Managing Director of Ellington, said: “We are thankful to the faculty and students of American University of Sharjah for the passion, enthusiasm and commitment to undertaking this project. By commissioning local and upcoming talent, especially from the student community, we are highlighting our focus on engaging the community to support our goal of creating exceptionally designed communities.”

“We believe that the hands-on involvement of the students in real-world residential projects will add to their knowledge base and confidence while we benefit from the creativity and spirit of innovation that marks the new generation. We look forward to partnering with more universities and educational institutions on similar projects, thereby offering tangible platforms to promote industry-academia linkages that support the student community,” added Booth.

Dr. Varkki Pallathucheril, Dean of the American University of Sharjah’s College of Architecture, said: “The quality of our lives is definitely influenced by design and arts in profound ways. That is why at the College of Architecture, Art and Design of AUS, we are focused on exploring the transformative potential of design. The opportunity for our students to work with Ellington on Belgravia II has indeed been a rewarding exercise for them, as it opened doors for them to reimagine the possibility of design in lifestyle communities. Such support from the industry is invaluable as it further prepares our students for future careers. Ellington has set a model in how academic learning and practical experience of our students can be leveraged for positively influencing the community.”

Located centrally in Jumeirah Village Circle, the aesthetically designed Belgravia II has now come to life with 188 homes handed over. At the heart of the community is a central courtyard, which features a swimming pool, children’s play area, fitness studio and dedicated yoga centre. The development comprises studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as two-storey, two-bedroom private townhouses, each with enclosed private terraces.

Other properties in Ellington’s Belgravia series include the popular Belgravia Square, which was launched late last year, and Belgravia Heights II, launched in June 2018. Ellington’s development portfolio includes DT1, located in close proximity to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay, and scheduled for hand-over this year.

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown celebrates five-year anniversary

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown is celebrating five years of success with several new products, solidifying the hotel’s position as one of Dubai’s leading luxury hotels  

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, the only international five-star hotel connected to The Dubai Mall through an air-conditioned skywalk and within close proximity to a host of Downtown’s most visited attractions, is celebrating its milestone fifth anniversary this month.

Since the inauguration in May 2014, the hotel has welcomed nearly one million guests originating from 200 countries with 1.3 million people served at the hotel’s seven restaurants and lounges. In just five years, the hotel has won nine awards from some of the tourism industry’s leading regional and international award bodies.

Klaus Assmann, Sofitel Dubai Downtown General Manager, said: “In the last five years our unique blend of local culture and refined European heritage has been a mainstay in Dubai. At the crux of our success is our incredible team of seasoned professionals, their commitment and dedication have ensured excellence at every touchpoint of the guest journey.

“The Dubai landscape is constantly changing so it is imperative for us to keep ahead of the curve through innovation and continue to implement it across all our rooms and F&B offering. The launch of the Coca-Cola Arena, the introduction of Gate Avenue in DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre), and our proximity to established attractions including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera, City Walk and La Mer, will allow us to maximise our position as the ideal base for entertainment and exploring the city.”

As part of the celebrations, Sofitel Dubai Downtown has launched five new offerings to enhance the world-class facilities.

Located on the third floor of the hotel, Club Millesime, a newly designed Executive VIP Lounge with a touch of French flair, offers all Club room and suite guests the opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor dining areas, a cigar lounge, a living room, a relaxation area with massage chairs and a private board room.

Over this summer, the hotel will also be debuting an exclusive floor for female travellers, Sofie’s Ladies’ Floor, located on the 15th floor will feature 12 exquisite rooms and suites. Full-length windows provide sweeping views of Downtown Dubai, Burj Khalifa and the Arabian Gulf. Rooms will include several elegant feminine touches and a host of amenities to enhance the experience and provide added comfort, service, style and quality.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown has also launched Gallery, the latest addition to its event space. Located on the ground floor and featuring high ceilings, natural light, contemporary artistic décor and paintings, Gallery offers indoor and outdoor space, direct access from the street and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

Another new addition to Sofitel Dubai Downtown’s facilities is the Luxury Le Petit Prince Family Room. Featuring ample space for two adults and two children, thanks to the clever introduction of foldable bunk beds, the first city hotel to offer the configuration. The room comfortably accommodates two adults and two children below 12 years old. The new room category will be launched over summer.

Le Petit Prince Kids Club has also been recently upgraded. Located on the fifth floor of the hotel, the kids’ club offers indoor and outdoor playground, games, toys and books for different age groups.

With the introduction of the new family friendly room category and upgrade of the kids club, the hotel is aiming to attract more families and become a preferred family destination within Downtown Dubai.

“We see several opportunities in the coming years as we look to build on the success we’ve achieved to date. As the hospitality market in the region evolves, so does our offering. We will further enhance the product to ensure we continue to provide an experience and service of the highest caliber,” added Assmann.

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FANR commemorates International Internal Audit Awareness month

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  • FANR’s Internal Audit Department hosts knowledge sharing session led by Khalid Hamid, Executive Director of the State Audit Institution of the UAE
  • FANR’s Corporate Governance is built upon transparency, accountability and fairness

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), the UAE’s independent nuclear regulator, is commemorating International Internal Audit Awareness month by holding special knowledge sharing sessions and highlighting the significant contribution of its Internal Audit Department in improving the effectiveness of FANR’s risk management, internal controls and governance processes.

Advocated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), International Internal Audit Awareness month takes place globally every year during May. With the support of the FANR’s Board of Management and Senior Management, Kicking-off this year’s activities, FANR’s Internal Audit Department organized a knowledge sharing session on governance open to FANR’s Management. The session was led by Khaled Hamid, Executive Director of the State Audit Institution of the UAE, who shared lessons learned during his 30 years of experience working at various audit institutions.

FANR’s governance model is built upon the pillars of transparency, accountability and fairness, and has been designed to nurture a culture of excellence and efficiency across all levels of the organization. The model is based on international best practices and incorporates elements from other regulatory authorities as well as criteria from the State Audit Institution of the UAE and the European Corporate Government Institute.

Amna Faridoon, Chief Audit Executive at FANR, said: “We are pleased to commemorate International Internal Audit Awareness month and will be organizing a series of workshops and sessions across FANR to highlight the importance of role of Internal Audit and importance of effective internal controls to enhance the  Governance Framework at FANR. The effective implementation of our governance framework, based upon transparency, accountability and fairness, is essential to the achievement of our mission and vision.”

“Independent internal audits support FANR in accomplishing its objectives by ensuring a systematic and disciplined approached is applied to the evaluation of its risk management, control and governance processes. Our audit department regularly provides recommendations on how to improve our operations and holds special sessions for employees throughout the year to create an effective culture that supports governance. We are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize the contribution of our Internal Audit Department during the month of May, and look forward to the many informative discussions and sessions ahead,” added Faridoon.

International Internal Audit Awareness month is celebrated each May with events and activities around the world. The month-long event is advocated by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) to raise awareness of the Internal Audit Profession and its value. Established in 1941, the IIA is the internal audit profession’s global voice, recognized authority, acknowledged leader, chief advocate, and principal educator.

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Thuraya’s X5-Touch, the world’s smartest satellite phone, lands ‘Top Mobility User Experience Solution’ award at MSUA 2019

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  • The Mobile Satellite Innovation award by Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA) recognizes the device’s unparalleled functionality and flexibility
  • The Thuraya X5-Touch launched in November 2018 as the world’s first Android based satellite and GSM phone
  • The 2019 MSUA award is the third award for Thuraya from the association

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a subsidiary of Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has  won the Top Mobility User Experience Solution at this year’s Mobile Satellite Innovation award organized by Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA). The accolade was won by the Thuraya’s X5-Touch device – the world’s smartest and most innovative satellite phone. The announcement was made during the company’s participation at the Satellite 2019 Conference in Washington DC, US.

The Top Mobility User Experience Solution award recognizes the X5-Touch’s superior usability, as well as its market-leading status, which is underpinned by a series of category-firsts. The X5-Touch is the first satellite phone to run on the Android operating system – a fundamental pillar of its award-winning flexibility and user experience.

The operating system provides users with a multitude of apps on purchase, while developers gain the freedom to develop and customize bespoke apps to meet the unique needs of device users. This complements the ‘bring your own application’ (BYOA) concept, where customers can download any app of their choice.

An unrivalled 5.2-inch HD touchscreen protected by a rugged Gorilla® glass display, front and rear camera, and high-capacity battery bring everyday smartphone functionality to the remote environments of satellite communication. Meanwhile, the X5-Touch’s omni-directional satellite antenna ensures uninterrupted communications in more than 160 countries, including a number across Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. In addition, full dual-mode and dual-SIM capabilities provide the flexibility to effortlessly switch between satellite and terrestrial networks.

A host of crucial safety features such as advanced navigation and tracking functions, alongside a built-in SOS button, reinforce the X5-Touch’s credentials as a device built for the most remote and testing environments.

“Congratulations to all at Thuraya for securing today’s award, which is testament to the inventive mindset we encourage at every level of our organization,” commented Ali Al Hashemi, Thuraya CEO. “Our customers rely on dependable communications to do their job and, in many cases, remain safely connected in remote environments. With this award, the X5-Touch continues to reinforce its credentials for the most demanding of users.”

The MSUA accolade isn’t the first to be awarded by the association to Thuraya. In 2017 the company’s XT-PRO DUAL device won the Top Land Mobility Satcom Innovation Award for a second year, after landing the same title in 2014. Also in 2014, Thuraya’s SatSleeve product – which converts a smartphone into a satellite phone – received MSUA’s Innovator Award.

“Through the design and functionality of the X5-Touch, we set out to create a device that felt as natural and effortless to use as our personal smartphones, but with added ruggedness,” commented Shawkat Ahmed, Thuraya’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Usability is in many ways more important in remote and testing environments than it is elsewhere, and as this award demonstrates, the X5-Touch provides fast, simple and trusted connectivity wherever users venture.”

The Thuraya X5-Touch launched in November 2018 with a high-profile promotional campaign that included digital display advertising in Times Square, New York City. Just four months earlier, Thuraya and Yahsat announced an agreement that saw Yahsat acquire a majority and controlling stake in Thuraya. The agreement enabled Thuraya to significantly expand Yahsat’s satellite solutions portfolio on both commercial and government fronts, while creating a strong platform to capture the growing opportunity around IoT and M2M applications across both sectors.

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