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Biggest Inter-University Sports Event of the Country Concludes at Gulf Medical University; AUS Emerge Overall Champions among 26 Participating Universities

The week-long inter-university sports festival hosted by Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman – the biggest sporting event of its kind in the country – concluded with a closing ceremony on 14th February 2019, at the University campus. Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Vice Chancellor – Academics of GMU was the chief guest for the closing ceremony.

Of the 26 Universities which participated this year, American University of Sharjah (AUS) emerged overall champions. BITS PIlani – Dubai were the runners up. Trophies were distributed to the winner and runners-up in different games, for both boys and girls.

Addressing the participants and spectators at the closing ceremony, Prof. Manda Venkatramana said that every year, GMU’s sports festival united the colleges of UAE in competitive sport.  “Sports and recreation are equally important in a student’s life, just as academic success,” he stressed. The closing ceremony involved the symbolic extinguishing the torch by the chief guest, signifying the close of the games.

Close to 1000 students participated in this year’s sports meet. Competitions were held in 226 events across 10 categories. The organizers said that the next year’s edition would be an even bigger event, with the inclusion of track and field events.

The closing ceremony was followed by a gala dinner attended by the participants.

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Table-toppers Quetta target Multan as HBL PSL resumes on Wednesday

Unbeaten Quetta Gladiators will aim to keep an unblemished record when they meet Multan Sultan as HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 action shifts to Sharjah on Wednesday.

The Sarfaraz Ahmed led Quetta – twice runners-up in three HBL PSL editions – are looking in no mood to relent as they target the elusive title with their never-say-die approach, under the astute coaching of former Pakistan captain Moin Khan.

It is remarkable how Moin has transformed a squad what does not have any iconic names but play with a winning spirit and determination.

Quetta thumped arch-rivals Peshawar in their first match of HBL PSL 4, keeping them to 155 for four, courtesy some tight bowling led by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, who finished with two for 25 in his four overs. Umar Akmal, former Pakistan batsman, determined to regain his place in the national team, then batted in a punishing style as he took Quetta over the line with a polished and eye-catching 50-ball 75 not out laced with three sixes and seven boundaries.

Quetta’s next victim was Islamabad United who they beat more convincingly by seven wickets. This time left-arm paceman Sohail Tanvir, who rocked the title-holders with a prized wicket of Luke Ronchi off the very first ball of the match, finishing with four for 21. Pakistan origin Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed chipped in with three for 15.

Although Islamabad managed to reach 157 for eight, it didn’t prove much for Quetta who rode on Shane Watson’s aggressive 55-ball 81 not with four sixes and six boundaries and another commanding 28-ball 44 (two sixes and five boundaries) by Umar Akmal to seal the win with 10 balls to spare.

Multan Sultans had mixed fortunes in the first two games they have played to date, losing to Karachi Kings before staging a recovery with a win against Islamabad.

Multan did give Karachi a scare before going down by seven runs in a match highlighted by a new HBL PSL opening stand between Karachi openers Liam Livingstone (82) and Babar Azam (77). Multan fought hard in the chase of 184 with skipper Shoaib Malik (28-ball 52 with two sixes and five boundaries) and Laurie Evans (39-ball 49 with seven fours), but in the end a last over target of 16 proved beyond their tail-enders’ reach.

Multan then showed their bowling prowess against Islamabad, restricting them to 125 for seven with newcomer Ali Shafiq (two for 11), evergreen Shahid Afridi (two for 18) and hardworking Junaid Khan (two for 33) sharing the spoils. Shoaib Malik then anchored the chase with a solid 29-ball 31, but it was Shahid Afridi who sealed the win with two sixes.

Multan will hope they win the toss and break Quetta’s dominance of fielding first and then chasing a target. But if Quetta captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is once again lucky with the toss, then it will be tough for Multan.

Upcoming matches:

Wednesday (match 8) – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Sharjah (match starts 9pm PST)

Thursday (match 9) – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, Sharjah (match starts 9pm PST)

Friday (match 10) – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Sharjah (match starts 430pm PST)

Friday (match 11) – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Sharjah (match starts 9pm PST)

Points table

Team Played Won Lost Points
Quetta Gladiators 2 2 0 4
Peshawar Zalmi 2 1 1 2
Multan Sultans 2 1 1 2
Islamabad United 3 1 2 2
Karachi Kings 2 1 1 2
Lahore Qalandars 3 1 2 2

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GCC

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The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre’s, General Manager Tariq Derbas and Director of Sales and Marketing Sofiane El Allam, strengthen their hotel relations throughout the GCC.

Having recently welcomed a new management team to the The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, Mr. Derbas and Mr. Allam, travelled throughout the GCC which included, Kuwait, Jeddah and Riyadh to discuss the new changes and visions the hotel has circum as well as strengthen partnerships throughout the region.

With the GCC market being extremely important for the hotel Mr. Derbas explored potential opportunities with the partnering hotels in the GCC, including combined accommodation packages between The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC and The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.

Tarek Derbas, General Manager, of The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre said: “We thoroughly enjoyed our time travelling the GCC and meeting all the other General Managers of partnering Ritz-Carltons. The trip was extremely beneficial for both Sofiane and I as it gave us an opportunity to truly build relationships and we are very much looking forward to what 2019 has on offer.”

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Fakih IVF Fertility Center Marches In Support Of Education

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  • One of the leading healthcare facilities joins hands for Dubai Cares’ Walk for Education

Medical representatives and members of the management and staff from Fakih IVF Fertility Center walked in solidarity with millions of children, in support of education in developing countries. The 3-km walk was organised by Dubai Cares, which brought to focus the challenges faced by children all over the world in acquiring quality education.

“Fakih IVF has always been committed to advancing the healthcare landscape in the UAE, and we consider it equally important to contribute to worthwhile initiatives that translate the vision of our wise leadership into action. Our participation at the walkathon is an effort to drive Dubai closer to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, as well as support the creation of an inclusive society, which not only offers quality education, but fosters equal learning for opportunities for all,” said Dr Michael Fakih, Medical Director of Fakih IVF Fertility Center.

It has been noted that education remains an isolated right for several children around the world, the key factors being inequality and marginalization. Studies indicate that more than 260 million children around the world are out of school, and others who have access to education walk miles to reach their destination. The Dubai Cares’ Walk for Education is an effort to shed light on the magnitude of this problem, as well as tackle the global learning crisis through strategic deliverables.

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NMC Health to Support the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

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  • NMC will provide more than 7,500 athletes with health check-ups

NMC Health, the UAE’s leading healthcare facility, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Local Organizing Committee for the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. NMC will support the games on March 14th-21st in line with its goal of providing quality healthcare to people around the world.

Based on its commitment to empowering people of determination, NMC will provide health check-ups to more than 7,500 athletes participating in the World Games. The games will boost the self-confidence of people of determination by encouraging them to develop their abilities.

Prasanth Manghat, CEO and Executive Director of NMC Health, said that NMC welcomed the opportunity to partner with the World Games Abu Dhabi. Pointing out that the UAE has the best infrastructure, talent and airline connectivity, he explained that the Games would help to position the country as a hub for medical tourism.

The UAE will welcome more than 7,500 athletes from 192 countries at the largest sports and humanitarian event in the world this year. The Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is consistent with the nation’s vision for a unified, inclusive society and its plan to extend opportunities to people of determination.

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Biggest Inter-University Sports Event of the Country Concludes at Gulf Medical University; AUS Emerge Overall Champions among 26 Participating Universities

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The week-long inter-university sports festival hosted by Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman – the biggest sporting event of its kind in the country – concluded with a closing ceremony on 14th February 2019, at the University campus. Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Vice Chancellor – Academics of GMU was the chief guest for the closing ceremony.

Of the 26 Universities which participated this year, American University of Sharjah (AUS) emerged overall champions. BITS PIlani – Dubai were the runners up. Trophies were distributed to the winner and runners-up in different games, for both boys and girls.

Addressing the participants and spectators at the closing ceremony, Prof. Manda Venkatramana said that every year, GMU’s sports festival united the colleges of UAE in competitive sport.  “Sports and recreation are equally important in a student’s life, just as academic success,” he stressed. The closing ceremony involved the symbolic extinguishing the torch by the chief guest, signifying the close of the games.

Close to 1000 students participated in this year’s sports meet. Competitions were held in 226 events across 10 categories. The organizers said that the next year’s edition would be an even bigger event, with the inclusion of track and field events.

The closing ceremony was followed by a gala dinner attended by the participants.

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Armani Hotel Dubai presents the Venetian Culinary Carnival

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A fixture of Venice’s annual entertainment calendar since the 12th century, enjoy a flavour of Italian carnival in the heart of Downtown Dubai this February with a gastronomic festival that celebrates the region’s most classic flavours. Choose from a four-course menu at Armani/Ristorante featuring seared duck liver with corn polenta and sage chips, buckwheat bigoli with green pea lemon sauce and Venetian style baked duck breast or head to the monochrome chic setting of Armani/Deli for a four-course menu featuring octopus carpaccio, black ink ravioli with buttered cod, slow cooked duck leg and Venetian style dried fruit doughnuts.

Date: 24 February – 5 March 2019

Time: 6.30-11.30pm

Price: Armani/Ristorante – AED 450 per person; Armani/Deli – AED 350 per person

Location: Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa

For more information and bookings, call +971 4 888 3666, email restaurant.reservations@armanihotels.com or visit www.armanihoteldubai.com

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Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon Visits Gulfood 2019

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  • Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon Visits Gulfood 2019

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Dr Koh Poh Koon, together with Enterprise Singapore’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Png Cheong Boon, visited the Tasty Singapore Pavilion at Gulfood 2019.

46 Singapore food and beverage companies are exhibiting at the Singapore Pavilion this year to demonstrate their capabilities to curate new, differentiated and high quality food offerings for the Middle East region and beyond. Close to half of these companies are launching food products that are new to either the United Arab Emirates or the Middle East region.

2019 marks a milestone for Singapore, as it celebrates its tenth year participating in Gulfood, one of the world’s leading food and beverage trade shows. This reflects the immense growth opportunities Singapore companies see in the food industry and the Middle East market.

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Table-toppers Quetta target Multan as HBL PSL resumes on Wednesday

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Unbeaten Quetta Gladiators will aim to keep an unblemished record when they meet Multan Sultan as HBL Pakistan Super League 2019 action shifts to Sharjah on Wednesday.

The Sarfaraz Ahmed led Quetta – twice runners-up in three HBL PSL editions – are looking in no mood to relent as they target the elusive title with their never-say-die approach, under the astute coaching of former Pakistan captain Moin Khan.

It is remarkable how Moin has transformed a squad what does not have any iconic names but play with a winning spirit and determination.

Quetta thumped arch-rivals Peshawar in their first match of HBL PSL 4, keeping them to 155 for four, courtesy some tight bowling led by left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz, who finished with two for 25 in his four overs. Umar Akmal, former Pakistan batsman, determined to regain his place in the national team, then batted in a punishing style as he took Quetta over the line with a polished and eye-catching 50-ball 75 not out laced with three sixes and seven boundaries.

Quetta’s next victim was Islamabad United who they beat more convincingly by seven wickets. This time left-arm paceman Sohail Tanvir, who rocked the title-holders with a prized wicket of Luke Ronchi off the very first ball of the match, finishing with four for 21. Pakistan origin Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed chipped in with three for 15.

Although Islamabad managed to reach 157 for eight, it didn’t prove much for Quetta who rode on Shane Watson’s aggressive 55-ball 81 not with four sixes and six boundaries and another commanding 28-ball 44 (two sixes and five boundaries) by Umar Akmal to seal the win with 10 balls to spare.

Multan Sultans had mixed fortunes in the first two games they have played to date, losing to Karachi Kings before staging a recovery with a win against Islamabad.

Multan did give Karachi a scare before going down by seven runs in a match highlighted by a new HBL PSL opening stand between Karachi openers Liam Livingstone (82) and Babar Azam (77). Multan fought hard in the chase of 184 with skipper Shoaib Malik (28-ball 52 with two sixes and five boundaries) and Laurie Evans (39-ball 49 with seven fours), but in the end a last over target of 16 proved beyond their tail-enders’ reach.

Multan then showed their bowling prowess against Islamabad, restricting them to 125 for seven with newcomer Ali Shafiq (two for 11), evergreen Shahid Afridi (two for 18) and hardworking Junaid Khan (two for 33) sharing the spoils. Shoaib Malik then anchored the chase with a solid 29-ball 31, but it was Shahid Afridi who sealed the win with two sixes.

Multan will hope they win the toss and break Quetta’s dominance of fielding first and then chasing a target. But if Quetta captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is once again lucky with the toss, then it will be tough for Multan.

Upcoming matches:

Wednesday (match 8) – Multan Sultans v Quetta Gladiators, Sharjah (match starts 9pm PST)

Thursday (match 9) – Karachi Kings v Peshawar Zalmi, Sharjah (match starts 9pm PST)

Friday (match 10) – Lahore Qalandars v Multan Sultans, Sharjah (match starts 430pm PST)

Friday (match 11) – Islamabad United v Peshawar Zalmi, Sharjah (match starts 9pm PST)

Points table

Team Played Won Lost Points
Quetta Gladiators 2 2 0 4
Peshawar Zalmi 2 1 1 2
Multan Sultans 2 1 1 2
Islamabad United 3 1 2 2
Karachi Kings 2 1 1 2
Lahore Qalandars 3 1 2 2

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First-ever Chamberthon in Kigali sees strong participation from UAE and African startups

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  • Organised by Dubai Chamber, the Chamberthon event was recently held in Rwanda during the Africa Tech Summit 2019
  • During the Chamberthon, 20 startups from the UAE and Africa collaborated and shared their ideas for Dubai Chamber’s new cross-border mentorship programme

A total of 20 startups from the UAE and Africa participated in the first-ever Chamberthon in Kigali, Rwanda, where participants collaborated and developed a framework for Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Global Business Forum Mentorship programme, new cross-border mentorship programme.

Organised by Dubai Chamber, the Chamberthon was held during the Africa Tech Summit 2019. A total of 10 startups from the UAE were selected by the Chamber to participate in the Chamberthon, attend the Africa Tech Summit in Kigali, and join their African counterparts for a full day of interactive sessions. Participants were divided into mixed teams of African and UAE entrepreneurs, representing many sectors and fields, including agriculture, healthcare, environment, fintech, climate change, social responsibility, construction, and customer experience among others.

The startup teams developed and presented a wide variety of innovative and practical ideas that will be used to structure Dubai Chamber’s Global Business Forum Mentorship Programme. The three-month mentorship programme aims to foster cross-border cooperation between startup communities by pairing startups with mentors who can provide them with valuable expertise, support and guidance.

Natalia Sycheva, Manager of Entrepreneurship for Dubai Chamber said: “We are very encouraged by the strong interest and participation in the Chamberthon which is a new concept and extension of the Global Business Forum, an important platform that Dubai Chamber leverages to foster economic cooperation and explore opportunities in promising markets around the world.”

She added: “Today, startups and entrepreneurs are the drivers of innovation. With this in mind, Dubai Chamber is constantly scaling up its support to startups through new initiatives like the Chamberthon and GBF Mentorship Programme that engage entrepreneurs and provide them with the knowledge and tools they need to expand globally.”

After the winning Chamberthon ideas are chosen, a total of 10 startups from the UAE and Africa that make the final cut will be selected to participate in the GBF Mentorship Programme. The holistic programme will provide many benefits beyond mentorship, including access to networking and Dubai Startup Hub services and support, as well as speaking and exhibiting opportunities at the 5th Global Business Forum on Africa in Dubai, taking place in November 2019.

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Nominations for Stars of Business Leadership Awards 2019 now open

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  • Annual Awards are back to recognize companies with phenomenal growth stories and outstanding achievements

 

SME Advisor has announced that it will now be accepting nominations for the 2019 edition of its prestigious ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards,’ which is set to take place on March 6, 2019 at the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai.

The ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards’ is being hosted in partnership with Exclusive Insurance Partner Cigna Insurance Middle East, Official Freezone Partner Dubai South, Official Airline Partner Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi and Exclusive Car Partner Toyota. The award has been recognizing companies in the region with phenomenal growth stories, exceptional achievements, and top market positioning since its inception more than 13 years ago. This year, the nomination process has become more intensive with every application directly going to a prestigious jury, which will be composed of trailblazers in their respective industries.

This year’s panel of judges includes Mustafa Kheriba, COO, Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG); Trixie Lohmirmand, Senior Vice President, Dubai World Trade Centre; Jerome Droesch, CEO – Cigna MENA; Valerie Lindsay, Professor, American University of Sharjah; Craig Moore, Founder and CEO, Beehive; Sunil John, President – Middle East, Asda’a Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW); Waleed Dhaduk, CEO, Emaar Industries & Investments; and Investment Banker Talal Nasrullah.

“We have honoured some fabulous, well-merited institutions for more than a decade now and we are continuing this tradition this year when the ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards’ returns in March. This year’s recipients will be recognized for their passion, hard work, vision, and inspiring leadership styles, in addition to their creative and innovative thinking that drives their entire team forward. What’s critical about this year’s Awards is that they are 100% jury-led and we’re going a step further to reinforce the credibility of the Awards. We invite everyone to submit their entries across the awards’ nine categories. We are excited to receive their applications,” said Gina O’Hara, Co-founder, SME Advisor.

“The SME sector drives innovation, which is a vital component, essential to the future growth of any economy. At Cigna, we strongly believe in supporting and nurturing this innovative mindset and are proud to partner along with SME Advisor to honor the innovators and leaders driving growth” said Jerome Droesch, CEO – Cigna MENA.

Categories for this year’s awards are Family Business Leader of the Year; Emirati Business Leader of the Year; SME Influencer of the Year; Digital Disruptor of the Year; Youth Leadership Award of the Year; Star of Business Leadership Award 2019 – Male; Star of Business Leadership Award 2019 – Female; Leader Shaping the Future Award and Social Entrepreneurship Leader of the Year.

Craig Moore, Founder, Beehive, and one of the members of the prestigious jury, said: “The ‘Stars of Business Leadership Awards’ is known for its stringent and credible nomination process. We have put in place key criteria to carefully assess and evaluate all submissions to guarantee that they will meet the required standards. The awards are for leading organisations that have made and continue to make a difference in their respective fields–inspiring their fellow leaders and the community at large to make an impact in the future.”

Nominations can be submitted at www.starsofbusinessawards.com.

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UK College of Business & Computing partners with British Council as an IELTS test venue.

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UK College of Business & Computing – Dubai Campus (UKCBC), one of London’s most reputed higher education colleges, signed a partnership agreement with British Council to become one of its test venues in Dubai International Academic City.

The college was inaugurated last year and had a very successful September 2018 intake. It has a strong inaugural multi-cultural student cohort and has already made several high-level agreements such as with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants [ACCA] and University of Birmingham Dubai Campus.

In UAE, UKCBC is the first Technical & Vocational Education and Training provider (TVET). The College offers vocational and professional qualifications in Business and Computing in addition to IELTS preparation courses, General English & ACCA tuition.

The College’s Director of Finance & Operations, Mr. Bhargav Busa, FCCA stated that “the partnership with British Council gives us tremendous confidence in the UAE market. Our modern campus and vibrant student atmosphere are the perfect place to host one of the most globally recognized exams such as IELTS.

Deep Adhikari, Deputy Regional Exams Manager, MENA for British Council said, “The partnership will open doors to more opportunities with access to IELTS Exams, both Paper Based and Computer Based to be conducted at UKCBC. It will increase convenience, mobility and choice for the test takers.

The college has 6 campuses in and around London including an English Language arm, UK College of English (UKCE), with more than 3000 overall student populations.

Commenting on the partnership, Neil Harvey, CEO of UK College of English said, “I am of course, delighted that the close collaboration between the British Council and ourselves in Dubai, that has now resulted in the creation of a new IELTS test venue in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), reflects our overall ethos of bringing the private and public sector ever closer together to deliver programmes and services to students globally. That same closeness has been there even since Sir Ciarán Devane did us the honour of opening our Oxford Street teaching centre in London, United Kingdom.”

UKCBC is looking forward to welcoming students who wish to progress in their academic and professional careers with a globally recognized English language certificate such as IELTS.

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