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TEAM ABU DHABI CLINCH WORLD ENDURANCE CROWN IN POLAND

All-Emirati crew claim commanding race win while Torrente, Al Qemzi,Al Tayer, Abbate secure title on Necko Lake

Team Abu Dhabi wrapped up their first major powerboat racing title of the season today as Shaun Torrente, Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate clinched the World Endurance Championships in Augustów, Poland.

This time the honours on the day went to the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 who recorded a commanding victory in the second of two back-to-back six-hour races to finish runners up in the series.

But sixth place was enough to ensure American Torrente, Emiratis Al Qemzi and Al Tayer and Italian Tullio in Abu Dhabi 35 secured the world endurance crown following their win 24 hours earlier and success two months ago in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France.

They had looked set to complete the series with a 100% winning record after leading comfortably for more than four hours today before being briefly forced out of the race to make technical modifications.

Having shadowed their team-mates in second place virtually from the start, Abu Dhabi 36 suddenly found themselves with a commanding lead and ultimately cruised to victory by 19 laps from the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine

Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2 were third another five laps behind.

While these are still early days in the season, the result in Poland underlines the prospect of four world powerboat racing titles ending up at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

Ten-times former F1H20 world champion Guido Cappellini, who recently signed a new long-term contract to guide the fortunes of Team Abu Dhabi until 2025, certainly believes the quadruple is possible.

He has already seen reigning world champion Torrente set the pace in this year’s F1H20 series while Rashed Al Qemzi has taken an immediate lead in the UIM F2 championship.

From Poland Cappellini quickly switches focus to the UIM XCAT World Championship in which Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori begin their title defence in Stresa, Italy next weekend.

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TEAM ABU DHABI TAKE BIG STEP TOWARDS WORLD ENDURANCE CROWN WITH VICTORY IN POLAND

24 Hours of Rouen winners dominate first six-hour race on Necko Lake

 Team Abu Dhabi took a big step towards their first world powerboat racing title of the season today by dominating the opening leg of the Necko Endurance race in Augustów, Poland.

The combination of Shaun Torrente, Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate in Abu Dhabi 35 strengthened their grip on the World Endurance Championships with victory in the first of the weekend’s two back-to-back races.

The result puts them in a commanding position to secure the world endurance crown if they can avoid any mechanical failures or major mistakes in the second six-hour race getting under way at 11am local time tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a fourth place finish on the Necko Lake today means the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 can take third overall in the championship with a similar performance tomorrow.

With reigning F1H2O world champion Torrente first in action, Abu Dhabi 35 took an immediate lead when the first race got under way as they looked to build on their impressive victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago.

Only briefly did they lose the advantage towards the half way point, firstly to the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine and then to
Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2.

At this point there was often as little as two seconds separating the leaders, but over the last two hours Abu Dhabi 35 gradually eased away to complete 294 laps by the finish, three more than Nollet 2 in second place and third-placed Navikart Soliodaires. Abu Dhabi 36 finished 276 laps in fourth position.

If Torrente, Al Qemzi Al Tayer and Abbate avoid problems tomorrow they will deliver the first of four world powerboat racing titles being targeted this season by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

Torrente, who leads this season’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, heads straight from Poland to Stresa, Italy to begin his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship with Faleh Al Mansoori. Meanwhile Rashed Al Qemzi tops the current F2 standings.

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INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS SCOOP TOP PRIZES AT BIEA INTERNATIONAL STEM COMPETITION IN LONDON

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The use of robots in ecology is still in the infancy stage of development. However, the recent popularity of drones has developed a number of research groups around the world who are working diligently to develop as many different uses for these small machines as possible. Their most frequent application so far has been for monitoring previously inaccessible areas and for creating a map of the wildlife that lives there. Ecology has only flourished as an area of research in the last 50 years, once the impact of global change became evident on both the lives of animals and those of humans as well. Researchers have since developed methods in ecology to monitor and help understand the impact of ongoing global change, improve the Earth’s biodiversity system, and predict the future trends of ecology and its development. In order to achieve these goals, the Earth must be monitored through a complete, accurate and rapid collection of data, which can now be done very efficiently with the help of drones.

School children from around the world scooped some of the top awards at the finals of a major international STEM competition in London earlier this month, where they showcased their ideas on how they would use drones to conserve endangered species.

Teams from the Silver Oaks International School (age 9-11 category) and Visakha Valley School (age 15-17 category) came won awards for Champions and Second Runner Up respectively.  These teams spent the day speaking to judges presenting their ideas for animal conservation.

Coming from across the world, multiple teams from China joined the BIEA in London on July 4th, taking two spots in the top awards of the day. They worked hard displaying their presentations, flying and evaluating their solutions to animal conservation via drones. Two teams from Hangzhou Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School spent the day with the BIEA at the Royal Air Force Museum. The BIEA was happy to have multiple teams from the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University in London to represent their projects.

Taking an Outstanding Achievement Award in the 15-17 age category was the Macau Pooito Middle School team.

Team Delta Project from 1LO im. Stanislawa Dubois w Koszalinie in Poland snagged an Outstanding Achievement Award for their project that showed ways to help conservation efforts for the Grevy’s Zebras.

From Southern California, USA, two teams from the Topkids Center came to London to showcase their projects. In the 15-17 age group, Team Zuberi was awarded the Best Creativity and Best Display as voted by their peers. Team Paracop in the age group 9-11 had their hard work paid off as they were awarded Champion for their age group.

The overall grand prize of £5000 was won by the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia, for their impressive strategy to protect the endangered vultures of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a task made even harder by the estimated 80,000 landmines in 8500 locations around Bosnia and Herzegovina left over from the Balkan Wars.

David Busley, 17, from the Bosnian team said:

“Vultures may have an image problem, but they are crucial to our country’s ecosystem. They are endangered, yet their plight often barely registers with many Bosnians as they are out of sight and out of mind.

“Drones offer the perfect way to reach them safely in their natural habitat, and our hope is that by monitoring and tracking their numbers properly, we can encourage the government to take action to help conserve these vital animals.”

They all won a trophy and medals for their school.

More than 25 teams from countries including China, the USA, India, Pakistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and the UK converged on the Royal Air Force Museum to contest the International STEM Youth Innovation Competition.

The competition was organized by the British International Education Association (BIEA), which champions British education ideals around the world, and backed by the Born Free Foundation, the competition aims to fire the imagination – and test the creative and technical expertise – of young science students with the theme of ‘Fighting Extinction via Drone Technology’.

Finalists in the three age groups – 9-11, 12-14 and 15-17 – from 18 countries were shortlisted for the grand final. Each school was given a budget of just £100 to build a drone for its entry, ensuring a level playing field. They battled it out in a day of tough competition, during which saw them each fly their drone and explain how they would use the technology to tackle species extinction.

Judges headed by the Chief Scientist of the Born Free Foundation, Professor Claudio Silleron, Dr Shaun Fitzgerald of The Royal Institution and STEM Chairman of the BIEA David Hanson, also included drone expert Stephen Prior from Southampton University, Education Innovations Manager for the British Science Association Jane Dowden and Competition Manager Amelia Perry from Engineering UK.

The STEM competition runs each year with a different theme. In 2018, schools were challenged to create a drone for a rescue situation. Registrations are already open for the 2020 competition at www.bieacompetition.org.uk.

David Hanson, STEM Chairman of the BIEA, said: 

“How these groups of young people planned and executed their impressive strategies to protect endangered species was hugely impressive and we were all overawed by the talent and enthusiasm on display.

“As a not-for-profit education organization working around the globe, the BIEA champions British education, STEM and innovation. Our competition brings all those themes together, and aims to inspire young people to use tech for good – and to fire young creative and technological minds around the world.”

Professor Claudio Sillero, Chief Scientist at the Born Free Foundation said:

“What a wonderful day! I was privileged to present the STEM Youth Innovation Competition grand prize to the United World College team from Mostar. Smart modification of their drone for efficient battery recharging and data offload delivered an inexpensive device to remotely monitor threatened vultures in the rugged mountains of Serbia-Herzegovina.

“Born Free sees a promissory future for greater engagement of STEM professionals to devise smart conservation solutions. Born Free invests in a better future for both people and wildlife. The STEM Youth Innovation Competition provides a great vehicle for that aspiration. By addressing specific technical challenges to protect wildlife, – as illustrated by  some of the cool uses these youngsters have found for their drones, we foster their interest in technology while developing innovative ways of valuing and protecting wildlife.”

For more information, please contact:

Liz Ivens | T +44 (0) 7584 121388 | E: liz@rhizomemedia.co

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The Sustainable City announces roadmap to reduce consumption of single-use plastic by 90% next year

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The Sustainable City, the Middle East’s first fully operational sustainable community by Diamond Developers, has announced a realistic and pragmatic roadmap to achieve its goal of reducing the consumption of single-use plastic within the community by 90 per cent as early as next year.

The Sustainable City’s phase-out of single-use plastic – a significant environmental polluter with a lasting ecological footprint – will target plastic bags, straws, balloons, cutlery, soda and water bottles, and food packaging.

Faris Saeed, CEO of Diamond Developers, the leading sustainable communities developer in the UAE said: “While plastic is integral to lives, people often tend to forget that plastic pollution is also one of the most damaging to our ecosystem. The Sustainable City’s goal to reduce single-use plastic consumption by 90 per cent by 2020 underlines our commitment to promoting a sustainable environment and reducing our ecological footprint to secure a greener and cleaner nature for future generations. We believe it is important to act decisively – and now – to achieve our goals. By involving all our community members, this initiative supports the global efforts to combat climate change, the green vision of the UAE, and the Dubai Plan 2021, and will help avoid plastic waste pollution by inspiring behavioural change.”

The Sustainable City has already taken significant steps to reduce single-use plastic. The use of SUP is banned in the offices of Diamond Developers and The Sustainable City Visitor Centre, and the company has tasked its research division, SEE Institute, to assist the commercial outlets in the phase-out by refusing and replacing the most prevalent SUPs.

As part of the roadmap, the first milestone is to achieve the reduction in the use of SUPs by 50 per cent in the coming three months (by September 1, 2019). This will accelerate the journey towards achieving the goal of 90 per cent reduction in SUP usage by January 1, 2020.

To support the community towards SUP phase-out, water fountains will be set up by The Sustainable City in common areas and the gym – which will eliminate the use of plastic water bottles and single-use cups. All restaurants will be requested to offer filtered water to their guests and remove plastic bottled water from their menus with some already commencing it.

Several community initiatives have been promoting awareness and engagement in SUP usage reduction. Among these is the Boomerang Bags project. Run by residents, the project produces shopping bags from used fabric, and encourages residents to stop using plastic shopping bags in favour of fabric bags. The local laundry shop encourages its customers to bring and collect their laundry in reusable suit bags to avoid plastic dry cleaning bags. A detailed waste audit of the development is underway by The Sustainable City to assess the community’s waste profile and implement the most effective waste management plan. In 2018, the community had diverted 84 per cent of its waste from landfills, highlighting its success in promoting a sustainable living environment.

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DUBAI SUMMER SURPRISES: THE VERY BEST OF THE BEST

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As the last few weeks of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) approach, there are still many activities for everyone to enjoy. From DXB Airport to Dragon Mart, organisers Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE) reveal a selection of the exciting events, sales and entertainment still happening across the city this summer:

SHOPPING

For one day only on Wednesday 17 July, shoppers who spend a minimum of AED 250 at Majid Al Futtaim malls will enjoy triple the chances of winning a grand prize of an outstanding AED 100,000.

Additionally, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your mobile phone as Etisalat is currently offering up to 40 per cent off on the latest devices and accessories. From tablets to phone cases and everything in between, this sale can’t be missed.

Exclusively at Robinsons in Dubai Festival City Mall, shoppers can revel in the MKS Jewellery summer capsule collection, embodying the sentimental joy of the summer season. Browse the vibrant rainbow coloured precious gems sourced and made in Dubai until 29 August.

In addition, everyone is encouraged to download The Dubai Mall app which reveals a special “surprize” offer every day until 3 August with the Digital Surprize and Delight of the Day.

ACTIVATIONS

Head to the Grand Atrium at The Dubai Mall and guess the weight of the giant teddy bear to be in the chance of winning the grand prize sponsored by Candylicious. The winner will be named at the end of DSS, so visitors are encouraged to get their guesses in quickly.

Dubai Airports and Disney Middle East have teamed up over the summer to make the holiday season even more magical with the help of Forky, the unlikely hero from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4. Passengers at DXB Airport will be able to transform recyclable materials into toys by making their own Forky. There’s also a competition to Find Forky and win a family trip to Paris, including flights from AirFrance.

Customers who spend AED 200 or more at Dragon Mart 2 until the 3 August will enter into a draw to win up to three smartphones and ten shopping vouchers every week, as well as the grand prize of driving away in a brand-new BMW 4 Series Grancoupe.

STAYCATIONS

Situated with stunning views of the Burj Khalifa, Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay is offering a Summer Staycation weekend stay starting AED 400.  The package includes breakfast at Bayside Restaurant & Terrace, two complementary tickets to Laguna Water Park, 25 per cent off food and beverages and AED 200 spa gift voucher per person, available until 30 September.

Enjoy a summer getaway at Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection L.L.C with an offer that includes a stay, breakfast, 20 per cent off on food and beverage and 50 per cent off on all spa treatments until 25 September.

ENTERTAINMENT

Witness a remarkable series of plays, By Cerise taking place at The Junction in Alserkal Avenue. Written by Australian playwright, Cerise De Gelder, the thought-provoking performances will take place on 19 July at 3:30pm and 7:30pm.

IMG Worlds of Adventure will be taking over Star Atrium, The Dubai Mall from 24 July to 8 August. Visitors who purchase an entry ticket worth AED 299 for IMG Park will enjoy a guaranteed round trip flight to more than 21 destinations worldwide from UAE. Fly for free to stunning destinations simply by purchasing an IMG ticket!

Funny man, Jason Manford is back in Dubai with his wit and charm for his Muddle Class tour, taking place at Movenpick Hotel JBR at 9pm on 25 July.
DINING

During the summer months, enjoy the famous Brasserie 2.0 brunch at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa for less with packages starting at just AED 325.

Devour a delicious healthy breakfast, satisfying lunch or hearty dinner at Community Café for less this summer, with 30 per cent off for all dine-in customers.

RAKBANK and Mastercard are the official key partners of Dubai Summer Surprises 2019, and the full calendar of events can be found on www.dubaisummersurprises.com and on @DSSsocial.

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TEAM ABU DHABI CLINCH WORLD ENDURANCE CROWN IN POLAND

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All-Emirati crew claim commanding race win while Torrente, Al Qemzi,Al Tayer, Abbate secure title on Necko Lake

Team Abu Dhabi wrapped up their first major powerboat racing title of the season today as Shaun Torrente, Rashed Al Qemzi, Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate clinched the World Endurance Championships in Augustów, Poland.

This time the honours on the day went to the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 who recorded a commanding victory in the second of two back-to-back six-hour races to finish runners up in the series.

But sixth place was enough to ensure American Torrente, Emiratis Al Qemzi and Al Tayer and Italian Tullio in Abu Dhabi 35 secured the world endurance crown following their win 24 hours earlier and success two months ago in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France.

They had looked set to complete the series with a 100% winning record after leading comfortably for more than four hours today before being briefly forced out of the race to make technical modifications.

Having shadowed their team-mates in second place virtually from the start, Abu Dhabi 36 suddenly found themselves with a commanding lead and ultimately cruised to victory by 19 laps from the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine

Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2 were third another five laps behind.

While these are still early days in the season, the result in Poland underlines the prospect of four world powerboat racing titles ending up at Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

Ten-times former F1H20 world champion Guido Cappellini, who recently signed a new long-term contract to guide the fortunes of Team Abu Dhabi until 2025, certainly believes the quadruple is possible.

He has already seen reigning world champion Torrente set the pace in this year’s F1H20 series while Rashed Al Qemzi has taken an immediate lead in the UIM F2 championship.

From Poland Cappellini quickly switches focus to the UIM XCAT World Championship in which Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori begin their title defence in Stresa, Italy next weekend.

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TEAM ABU DHABI TAKE BIG STEP TOWARDS WORLD ENDURANCE CROWN WITH VICTORY IN POLAND

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24 Hours of Rouen winners dominate first six-hour race on Necko Lake

 Team Abu Dhabi took a big step towards their first world powerboat racing title of the season today by dominating the opening leg of the Necko Endurance race in Augustów, Poland.

The combination of Shaun Torrente, Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate in Abu Dhabi 35 strengthened their grip on the World Endurance Championships with victory in the first of the weekend’s two back-to-back races.

The result puts them in a commanding position to secure the world endurance crown if they can avoid any mechanical failures or major mistakes in the second six-hour race getting under way at 11am local time tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a fourth place finish on the Necko Lake today means the all-Emirati crew of Majed Al Mansoori, Mohamed Al Mehairbi, Rashed Al Remeithi and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 36 can take third overall in the championship with a similar performance tomorrow.

With reigning F1H2O world champion Torrente first in action, Abu Dhabi 35 took an immediate lead when the first race got under way as they looked to build on their impressive victory in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago.

Only briefly did they lose the advantage towards the half way point, firstly to the Navikart Soliodaires French crew of Sebastien Lemoine, Olivier Betin and Stephane Lemoine and then to
Russians Konstantin Ustinov and Dimitry Vandyshev and Lithuania’s Edgaras Riabko in Nollet 2.

At this point there was often as little as two seconds separating the leaders, but over the last two hours Abu Dhabi 35 gradually eased away to complete 294 laps by the finish, three more than Nollet 2 in second place and third-placed Navikart Soliodaires. Abu Dhabi 36 finished 276 laps in fourth position.

If Torrente, Al Qemzi Al Tayer and Abbate avoid problems tomorrow they will deliver the first of four world powerboat racing titles being targeted this season by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

Torrente, who leads this season’s UIM F1H2O World Championship, heads straight from Poland to Stresa, Italy to begin his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship with Faleh Al Mansoori. Meanwhile Rashed Al Qemzi tops the current F2 standings.

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TORRENTE SAYS PATIENCE IS KEY AS TEAM ABU DHABI AIM FOR WORLD ENDURANCE CROWN IN POLAND

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  • F1 world champion says title favourites must reproduce form which took them to 24 Hours of Rouen victory

Shaun Torrente says patience will be a key factor as Team Abu Dhabi aim to secure the first of four world powerboat racing titles this season in Poland this weekend.

The reigning F1 world champion along with Emiratis Rashed Al Qemzi and Rashed Al Tayer and Italian Tullio Abbate in Abu Dhabi 35 are firm favourites heading into the decisive round of the World Endurance Championships getting under way in Augustów tomorrow.

But before starting today’s official practice session on the Necko Lake, Torrente made it clear that the crew will need to reproduce the level of performance which gave them an emphatic win in the 24 Hours of Rouen in France two months ago.

With the first of two six-hour races to follow tomorrow, Torrente said: “The key is to be patient, and not push too hard, especially in the first race. Just as it was in Rouen, we can’t afford to do anything to damage the boat.

“We need to avoid any mistakes, stay calm, and collect points over both days. The mood is very good and we bring a lot of confidence into this event after the win in Rouen. We’re all excited about the weekend and the chance to clinch the world championship.”

Also among the top contenders in Poland are the all-Emirati crew of Faleh Al Mansoori, Rashed Al Remeithi, Majed Al Mansoori and Mohamed Al Mehairbi who took Abu Dhabi 36 to third place in France.

The first six-hour race on the Necko Lake gets under way at 9am local time tomorrow with the second starting at 11am on Sunday.

Both Team Abu Dhabi crews were together in Evian last weekend where second place in the Grand Prix of France saw Torrente maintain his lead in this season’s UIM F1H2O World Championship.

Meanwhile, Rashed Al Qemzi leads the F2 title race after his dramatic victory in Lithuania. From Poland Torrente heads straight for Stresa, Italy to begin his defence of the UIM XCAT World Championship in partnership with Faleh Al Mansoori next weekend.

“It’s a busy schedule but I’m really up for the challenge,” said the Miami-based driver. “We have a great team atmosphere and fantastic technical and all round support. We all know what we need to do and we’re all focused on getting everything right on the day.”

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IIM-Indore launches programme for working professionals in Dubai in association with Anisuma Training Institute – U.A.E

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General Management Programme for Executives will be offered in Dubai U.A.E

India’s premier business school, the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, has launched its flagship executive programme for the working professionals in the UAE. Designed and delivered by IIM-Indore in association with Anisuma Training Institute, the 22 days comprehensive programme will be delivered over the next 8 months.

Established last year, Anisuma Training Institute is Jacky’s Group of Companies’ addition to UAE’s growing education sector. Committed to the idea of providing quality education for the working professionals, the institute has already delivered executive programmes in association with premium management schools in 2018.

“We at Anisuma have successfully held General Management programmes with IIM before and are very excited to launch the executive programmme with IIM-Indore. Our mission is development of human capital by creating and delivering career development programs in partnership with leading educational institutes of the world. Coming October we will be introducing the strategic marketing and communications management programme by MICA, while the discussions are underway to bring offerings of other world-class institutes to Dubai”, said Mr. Mahesh Chotrani, Asst. Vice President, Jacky’s Electronics and Founder Director, Anisuma Training Institute.

The programme by IIM-Indore is uniquely designed to inculcate strong conceptual frameworks in Business and Management Skills by judiciously mixing classroom contact with group discussions and networking with practical frameworks which can be applied at the workplace. The programme will be delivered on 2 days (Fri-Sat) every month on pre-announced dates in Dubai, UAE, with the last module (5 days) of the programme to be delivered at the IIM-Indore Campus in India.

“Since the batch capacity is limited, only 40 professionals will be selected to take up the programme. Candidates’ selection will be based on their academic background and professional experience, while the application will be reviewed by the executive committee before assigning the seat”, added Chotrani.

“IIM Indore is delighted to launch the General Management Programme for Executives (GmPe) in Dubai. With the double crown of AMBA and AACSB accreditations, IIM-Indore is constantly evolving to create and disseminate world-class executive education to the industry. The faculty at IIM-Indore is among the best in their respective fields and are excited to be a part of this journey. In partnership with Anisuma, we will launch several contextually relevant programs in this region to create future leaders and entrepreneurs,” said Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM-Indore.

He further added, “The world of business is constantly evolving, and for career-enhancement it is imperative to stay on top by understanding and applying those changes; this is where mid-career education is not just important but sometimes necessary”.

The General Management Programme at Anisuma has been designed accordingly; it’s intensive, practical and relevant to current business climate. The program is unique and exclusively designed to meet the needs of UAE professionals while keeping in mind their ever demanding work situation. For practical purposes the classes will be held one-weekend every month and all the sessions will be face-to-face with IIM-Indore faculty members who will be flying from India to conduct the programme.

The certificate program is open to all nationalities with minimum 5 years of professional experience and have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree. On successful completion of the programme, the participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion of General Management Programme for Executives and will be eligible for Executive Alumni Status of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Indore. The programme is delivered by the faculty of the IIM-Indore, comprising a rich mix of distinguished academicians and researchers who have extensive work experience in the private and public sector.

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MeraTicket.com sells tickets worth AED 1.3 million in first five months of operations in the UAE

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  • Delivers seamless experience for 15,000 tickets sold on the platform
  • MeraTicket.com to bring 8-10 big Concerts for both the South Asian as well as Western Audiences in the next few months.

MeraTicket.com, a leading entertainment ticket provider has sold 15,000 tickets for 17 events across UAE and has transacted tickets worth AED1.3 million in just five months of its operations in the country. A venture by Dubai-based, Shogun Global, the ticketing portal has ambitious growth plans and aims to bring fresh and innovative content to UAE. Their new calendar will see events customized for audiences across all age groups and artists from across the globe and will start from mid-August onwards.

The ticketing site has been functional in India and the US targeting Asian events and providing white label solutions for many properties including Kingdom of Dreams in India.

“It has been an exciting and interesting journey so far. We had a sold out first show and have had exclusive partnerships for 14 of our 17 events. This truly testifies the faith event organizers have put in us. The total event market size in the UAE is a quarter of a billion dirhams, out of which Asian events would roughly be a mere 10% and we see a lot of potential in this segment. Our aim is to bring newer concepts and showcase fresh content which will eventually boost the market size and increase penetration,”said Mr. Shirish Srivastava, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Shogun Global, the holding company for meraTicket.com in UAE.

Talking about their plans, Shirish said, “We are committed to deliver best-in-class content while being the preferred go-to platform for tickets for all the live South Asian events in UAE. The plan also involves promoting local talents, creating new properties and getting renowned international shows for other communities”.

Commenting on customer experience and future roadmap, Mr Salim Govani, a major stakeholder in the meraTicket.com venture, says, “With zero failure in the last couple of months, we have ensured seamless customer experience with ease of transactions and delivery. Selling over 15,000 tickets in such a short time is quite an achievement for any new market entrant in this category. Moreover, we are seriously looking to diversify our offerings by bringing exclusive shows for Russian, European and other Western audience while tapping into newer market segments including teenagers, rock concerts, club events etc. One such event for teenagers is being planned for September 2019”.

Salim Govani has stakes in several entertainment, healthcare, digital and automotive businesses amongst others and is famed for creating the brand Himalayan while making it the market leader in its category in India and later selling it to Tata Group at a market capitalization of $100 million.

“MeraTicket.com’s unique model not only helps event organizers and marketers sell tickets through the ticketing portal but also helps them market it well to their target audience through our 360-degrees solutions. By partnering for the event, we take complete ownership, ensuring visibility, reach and marketing as well as working on sponsorships and tickets amongst other requirements. And this gives us an edge over other providers, making us truly unique and one-of-a-kind. There is no other provider in the market offering such an exhaustive and extensive list of services under one roof,” said Ms. Nidhi Dhoreliya, Co-Founder, Shogun Global.

“We understand the market potential and want to increase its appetite by boosting ticket sales. Our soon to be launched customer centric affiliations, tie ups, schemes and loyalty programs will bring a fresh approach to this business. MeraTicket.com’s exclusive offers and promotions will ensure customers remain engaged and enticed. This new perspective will get in new kind of customers, who want a bit more from their purchase. This, I believe would herald a new era of growth for the industry,” added Ms. Nidhi.

In the last few months of its operations in the UAE, MeraTicket.com has brought Bollywood music concerts, Popular Theater, Comedy Shows, K Pop and popular bands from India. This year meraTicket.com intends to bring 8-10 big Concerts for both the South Asian as well as Western Audiences.

To know more about the ticketing platform and its latest events, please log onto https://www.meraticket.com/uae/dubai

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CONSUL GENERAL VISITS LABOUR CAMP AT AL QUOZ, DUBAI

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The Consul General of Pakistan H.E. Mr. Ahmed Amjad Ali and the team of the Welfare Wing of the Consulate General visited Al Quoz Labour Camp on June 21, 2019.

The Consul General also took the round of the labour camp and viewed the living standard of Pakistan labourers and listened to their complaints.

Mr. Ahmed, said that the labourers are the “backbone of the economy of Pakistan, as their remittances play a key role in development of the country.  Therefore, their hard work in such a hot weather of UAE should be rewarded and appreciated”.

The Consul General assured the Pakistani labourers of resolving all their issues on priority and directed the Welfare Wing to meet the management of the company in this regard.

The open house ended with distribution of fruits to the Pakistani labourers and Consul General thanked them for participation and sharing their problems in the public hearing.

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International Coach Federation’s #ExperienceCoaching Series Features Stories of Empowerment from Around the World

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ICF launches a 12-week series celebrating the power of coaching.

The International Coach Federation (ICF), the preeminent global organization dedicated to advancing coaching, has released the second episode of #ExperienceCoaching.

The video features Abu Dhabi coach Suhair Fakhoury, PCC, and her client, Siba Ayoub.

#ExperienceCoaching is a six-part series featuring life-changing stories that highlight the power of professional coaching. These stories of real people from around the world and their ICF-credentialed coaches premiered May 28, 2019, at www.experiencecoaching.com. ICF will release subsequent videos every two weeks through August 6.

“These videos showcase the powerful impact coaching has on people’s lives,” ICF CEO and Executive Director Magdalena Nowicka Mook said. “ICF continues to set standards for professional coaches and equips credentialed coaches to serve their clients with excellence, integrity and the highest quality. In our fast-paced world, effecting change for the better in the lives of coaching clients—whether on a personal or professional level–is more important than ever.”

Each video shares the story of an individual whose life changed for the better through coaching. The series features a global community of coaches and clients, with episodes filmed in the United Arab Emirates, United States, Canada, and Qatar.

“Coaching is a profession with relevance and appeal to individuals and teams around the world,” 2019 ICF Global Board Chair Jean-Francois Cousin, MCC, said. “We are passionate about the positive impact of coaching and hope these stories about individual growth and success will inspire others to experience coaching for themselves.”

For more information, visit www.experiencecoaching.com and sign up for notifications. Details about the series will be available across ICF’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

To find a coach, ICF offers the Credentialed Coach Finder as a free tool to find qualified coaches who fit your criteria.

For coaches interested in being part of ICF, learn more about ICF Membership requirements here, and about the ICF Credential here.

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is dedicated to advancing the coaching profession by setting high ethical standards, providing independent certification and building a worldwide network of credentialed coaches across a variety of coaching disciplines. ICF is active in representing all facets of the coaching industry, including Executive, Life, Leadership, Relationship and Career Coaching. Its 36,000-plus members located in 145 countries work toward the common goal of enhancing awareness of coaching, upholding the integrity of the profession, and continually educating themselves with the newest research and practices.

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