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  • Jaguar Classic experts have restored 1954 XK120 to customer and life-long Jaguar enthusiast David Gandy’s bespoke specification
  • 2,700-hour rebuild includes unique upgrades to turn standard model into a race-ready vehicle inspired by the XK120 Lightweight
  • Original 3.4-litre in-line six-cylinder XK engine delivers additional 45bhp and enhanced durability with fast shifting four-speed manual gearbox
  • Solid black exterior paint complemented by Aged Saddle tan leather interior featuring a distinctive lattice leather seat design
  • Custom 15-inch steering wheel and made-to-measure front seat enhance comfort
  • To find out more about giving a classic Jaguar the bespoke treatment, see: or call +44 (0) 203 601 1255

Jaguar Classic has completed a bespoke XK120 sports car restoration commissioned by renowned British male model and life-long Jaguar enthusiast David Gandy.

The 11-month project, which was a close collaboration between David Gandy and Jaguar Classic’s experts at its Classic Works facility in Warwickshire, took 2,700 hours to complete.

Following a brief to make it race-ready for classic motorsport events such as the Jaguar Classic Challenge, the car’s specification is inspired by the original XK120 Lightweight.

David Gandy, said: “Having driven a Jaguar XK120 at the Mille Miglia in 2013 and 2014, I knew that I wanted to own one of these incredibly special cars. The team at Jaguar Classic have done such a remarkable job engineering this car and executing everything that I asked for and it was amazing to have such an in-depth involvement in its creation.”

Jaguar Classic’s dedicated sourcing team tracked-down a suitable 1954 base car in California, US, and has retained as much of the original car as possible.

The in-line six-cylinder unit was meticulously rebuilt over five and a half months, with the final objective to use the car for racing. The result is a performance upgrade from the original 180bhp output to 225bhp and enhanced durability for higher speeds, with items like the core plugs featuring steel bracing so they don’t dislodge during high-performance driving. An all-new, upgraded exhaust system features dual pipes instead of the usual single pipe.

Further improvements include the use of a faster-shifting racing-style gearbox which is more durable under high stresses and uprated brakes, with the front set-up now featuring disc brakes with four-pot calipers while the rear retains the original refurbished drum brakes. The suspension features fully adjustable dampers, allowing the Classic team to fine tune the handling for specific events.

Calum McKechnie, Head of Jaguar Classic, said: This unique XK120 showcases the expertise, skill and craftmanship that Jaguar Classic makes available for all of its customers. Not only were we able to bring this iconic sports car back to life mechanically, but the attention to detail and the bespoke design of the interior sets David’s car apart.”

The design and finishing touches were created in collaboration with David, who chose the colour and materials at every step of the renovation. The exterior is finished in solid black, made up of 13 litres and four coats of paint, while additional exterior features include a racing-inspired flip-top fuel cap. The original split-screen windscreen has been replaced by twin aero screens, another feature synonymous with the XK120 Lightweight.

Inside, the car is just as unique. Finished in an Aged Saddle tan leather, the seats feature a bespoke lattice design with the seatbacks finished in aluminium rather than the usual fabric material. While two batteries would usually sit behind the driver’s seat, for this car the Classic team put a single battery behind the passenger seat to free up space behind the driver, to enhance comfort for 6ft 2inch tall David. This was also a consideration for the choice of steering wheel, which is smaller than normal to provide more legroom.

The finished car was handed-over to its delighted owner, who intends to use it on road and in competition, ahead of last weekend’s Monaco E-Prix race.

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim receives IS-BAH accreditation for its Ground Handling operations

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DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), a joint venture between Stuttgart-based DC Aviation GmbH and Dubai-based Al-Futtaim, has attained the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH) Stage 1 accreditation for its Fixed Base Operations (FBO) located at Dubai South.

IS-BAH is the global industry standard on safety management and risk mitigation for business aviation handlers and meets the forthcoming safety management system (SMS) requirements. The audit was conducted by an independent auditor from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

DCAF successfully achieved compliance with the FBO’s emergency and security procedures, airside operations, organisational structure, training protocols and operating procedures and ground support equipment.

Commenting on the accreditation, Susan Bujtas, Director of Ground Operations at DC Aviation Al-Futtaim said, “The successful completion of the audit was a result of months of hard work from all the teams involved and the continuous support of the management. The accreditation is further testament to our unwavering commitment to provide our customers with globally benchmarked services.”

Terry Yeomans, Programme Director for the IS-BAH from IBAC, said, “I would like to congratulate the DC Aviation Al-Futtaim team for successfully completing the IS-BAH audit. The team have demonstrated a strong commitment to safety and meeting all the requirements for the IS-BAH.”

“Having the safety of their customers and team members close at heart, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim logically implemented the IS-BAH and successfully passed a Stage 1 audit. It’s no small feat in itself but DC Aviation Al-Futtaim stands out for two reasons: first, they achieved this in a highly competitive environment; and second, their Safety Management System already showed signs that several of its elements were beyond the Stage 1 requirements and on the right track toward Stage 2. There’s only one thing I can say to the entire team, congratulations and keep up the excellent work,” said Stéphane De Wolf, Business Aviation ISBAH Auditor.

For more information on DCAF’s hangar and services, please visit or call +971 4 870 1800.

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Majid Al Futtaim lists world’s first benchmark corporate Green Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai

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  • Region’s first corporate Green Sukuk and valued at USD 600 million
  • Investment to be used for financing existing and future green projects
  • Issuance is a key milestone towards the retail conglomerate’s 2040 Net Positive goals

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia today rang the market-opening bell at Nasdaq Dubai to mark the listing of the world’s first benchmark corporate Green Sukuk and the first Green Sukuk issued by a corporate in the region.

Valued at USD 600 million and with a tenor of ten years, the Green Sukuk is testament to Majid Al Futtaim’s long term commitment to support the transition to a low carbon economy. The investment will be used to finance and refinance Majid Al Futtaim’s existing and future green projects, including green buildings, renewable energy, sustainable water management, and energy efficiency.

To mark the occasion, Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, rang the market-opening bell in the presence of His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Chairman of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai and members of Majid Al Futtaim’s leadership team.

Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said: “This issuance will enable Majid Al Futtaim to deliver more sustainable experiences for our customers and to address the implications of climate change. As we progress on our sustainability journey, we are extremely proud to list the world’s first benchmark corporate Green Sukuk and look forward to identifying and pioneering innovative ways to meet our ambition to be Net Positive by 2040. The widespread interest from global investors in the bond indicates their confidence in our ESG rating, BBB credit rating, and prudent financial and risk management approach. Investors’ faith in our vision empowers us to continue on our path to become one of the most environmentally sustainable companies within our industries.”

His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Chairman of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC), said: “Majid Al Futtaim’s Green Sukuk listing reflects the forward-looking and progressive outlook of Dubai’s leading businesses and the vitality of its capital markets infrastructure. The listing further supports Dubai’s growth as the global capital of the Islamic economy, under the initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minster, and Ruler of Dubai.”

In preparation for issuance of the Green Sukuk, Majid Al Futtaim recently established a Green Finance Framework and a Green Finance Steering Committee, which will oversee the selection of new and existing projects for the green portfolio. Majid Al Futtaim has also received a “low risk” environmental, social and governance (ESG) rating by Sustainalytics, an independent ESG auditor, certifying the company is at ‘low risk’ of experiencing financial impact from ESG factors, due to its low exposure and effective management of ESG issues.

Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Chief Sustainability Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said: “The Green Sukuk demonstrates our commitment to upholding sustainable practices across our businesses and communities we operate in. The Green Sukuk further supports our ambitious Net Positive strategy and through the proceeds generated, will deliver impactful and measurable socio-economic and environmental benefits.”

With the Green Sukuk listing, the value of all debt instruments listed on Nasdaq Dubai by Majid Al Futtaim has reached USD 2.4 billion. The company’s other listings comprise one Sukuk of USD 500 million that listed in 2015, and two conventional bonds of USD 500 million each that listed in 2013 and 2014 respectively, and a USD 300 million tap on the 2014 bond that listed in 2016.

Hamed Ali, Chief Executive of Nasdaq Dubai, said: “We are delighted to further strengthen our close collaboration with Majid Al Futtaim through this green Sukuk listing. Nasdaq Dubai is committed to supporting the company as well as all its issuers through the high visibility that we provide to investors around the world as well as best practice regulatory infrastructure.”

In 2017, Majid Al Futtaim launched its Net Positive strategy which aims to significantly reduce the company’s water consumption and carbon emissions to the extent that it puts more back into the environment than it takes out, resulting in a positive corporate footprint by 2040.

The company has a proven track record of applying green building best practices across its portfolio. The company was the first organisation in the region to achieve LEED certification for its shopping malls, hotels and offices buildings. Al Zahia, the company’s flagship community in Sharjah is the first BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rated community in the MENA region. Majid Al Futtaim introduced a Sustainable Building Policy that set minimum building standars as: LEED Gold V4 (USGBC), 3 Pearl (ESTDAMA) or BREEAM ‘Very Good’ Rating. The company now owns close to 3 million m2 green certified floor areas, including the recently opened My City Centre Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s most sustainable shopping mall.

In 2018, the company received the ‘Green Star’ rating by Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmarks (GRESB) for the fifth consecutive year, in recognition for its sustainable practices and initiatives, resulting in a score of 84%, outperforming the global benchmark average by 7% and the GRESB average by 17%. The company was ranked the 6th best performing non-listed company in the retail sector across Asia in 2018.

Majid Al Futtaim closed 2018 with a solid financial and liquidity position covering its net financing needs for the next 3 years through its cash and available committed lines.  In 2018, the company’s group revenue grew by 7% reaching AED 34.6 billion, while EBITDA increased by 9% year-on-year to AED 4.6 billion. The company continued to maintain a strong balance sheet with total assets valued at AED 60.4 billion and a net debt of around AED 12.6 billion. Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s have reaffirmed the company’s credit rating at ‘BBB’ with a stable outlook, for a seventh consecutive year, reiterating its credit strengths such as the resilience of its business model, quality of assets, strong corporate governance and prudent financial management.

The total value of all Sukuk listed on Dubai’s exchanges has now reached 61.49 billion US dollars, the largest amount of any listing centre in the world.

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School Transport Services (STS) kicks off kindness campaign during Ramadan in the Year of Tolerance

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  • STS launches month-long ‘Stuff the Bus with Kindness’ campaign that brings together students of 100 different nationalities to highlight unity, kindness and helping those in need
  • STS underlines importance of educating students to do good deeds for others

School Transport Services (STS) has launched the ‘Stuff the Bus with Kindness’ campaign during the Holy Month of Ramadan and to coincide with the Year of Tolerance marked by the UAE in 2019.

As part of the campaign, 100 students of 100 different nationalities from GEMS Founders School Al Barsha are encouraged to adopt an act of kindness which they will write down on a leaf. The STS school bus will be stuffed with all these ‘kindness leaves’ that will be used to make a formation of the logo of the ‘Year of Tolerance’ on a 3m x 3 me area, which will then be stationed in the bus throughout the month.

To keep the momentum going throughout Ramadan, STS will encourage students to be super kind by doing good deeds and to collect items for donation. This bus will travel to over 82 schools in the UAE during Ramadan and students and parents are encouraged to donate school items and supplies to be donated to Emirates Red Crescent.

Further, students from various schools across the UAE are making a formation of the logo of the ‘Year of Tolerance’ – the Ghaf tree, a symbol of giving and coexistence – using school supplies collected from 82 schools in the region.

The month-long campaign centres around bringing together students of over 104 nationalities living in the UAE to help those in need.

Steve Burnell, Managing Director of School Transport Services, said: “The Holy Month of Ramadan is important to us and the Stuff the Bus Campaign is time to focus and support those that require support those less privileged around the world. This year, in light of the UAE Year of Tolerance, it is fantastic to see so many students from over 100 nationalities living in the UAE, come together to help the less fortunate by donating items to Emirates Red Crescent.”

With this, STS is highlighting the importance in educating students on kindness, and how communities can come together to help others. It encourages every individual to be a kindness ‘hero’ by collecting items for donation.

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Schneider Electric and Aster evolve their partnership

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  • Aster becomes a 100% fully independent company owned by its management team
  • Schneider Electric to focus on new Schneider Electric Ventures initiative

Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, and Aster, a venture capital firm supporting entrepreneurs transforming markets through bold offers and technologies, have agreed to change their partnership in order to accommodate the recent launch of Schneider Electric Ventures by Schneider Electric, while strengthening Aster’s independence and extending its development capabilities.

Schneider Electric recently created Schneider Electric Ventures to identify, nurture and support innovations in its markets that will transform the way we live and work, how we produce and consume energy, and how we run buildings and factories. Schneider Electric has committed to invest between 300 and 500 million euros in the coming years through Schneider Electric Ventures, in incubation projects, creation of new ventures, investments in start-ups, partnerships with entrepreneurs, and partner venture capital funds.

Accordingly, Aster strengthens its independence and will be 100% owned by its management team. This will enable Aster to pursue, with greater agility, its ambition to provide its investors with the opportunity to access an enlarged ecosystem of companies, customers and partners. As an independent venture capital company with its own investment strategy, Aster will leverage its recognized expertise to continue its commitment to support energized teams of entrepreneurs impacting a wide spectrum of sectors, including energy, industry, and mobility that have been Aster’s focus over the past 18 years.

Aster will continue to advise and support Schneider Electric regarding Schneider Electric’s investments in certain funds managed by Aster. “After 18 years of collaboration, we are moving to a next level and I am very grateful to Schneider Electric, Aster’s historic sponsor, which I warmly thank for its past support and contribution,” explains Jean-Marc Bally, Managing Partner of Aster, “Aster and Schneider Electric will continue to collaborate together in the future with a new set of opportunities”.

“Our industry is changing quickly, and we see many opportunities for investing in innovation. This is why we have decided to build a dedicated team to focus on these opportunities going forward. The Schneider Electric Ventures team has increased resources and an enlarged scope to include Incubation, Growth investments, and Partnerships”, said Heriberto Diarte, Head of Open Innovation and Ventures at Schneider Electric. “We thank Aster for all the years investing and we will continue supporting Aster’s portfolio companies”.


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Reigning F1 world champion Torrente feeling good on return to scene of debut triumph last season

Reigning champions Team Abu Dhabi are determined to make a winning start to the 2019 UIM F1H2O World Championship which regroups with the Grand Prix of Portugal this weekend.

After storms disrupted the opening round of the series in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, defending individual champion Shaun Torrente and team-mate Thani Al Qemzi are especially eager to launch their double title defence with a win in Portimao.

Torrente has particularly good feelings on his return to Portugal where he grabbed pole position and scored a double race win on his debut with Team Abu Dhabi last year.

“I’m excited to get back to Portugal,” he said. “It was a great Grand Prix for us last year. I felt nervous as it was my first race for Team Abu Dhabi, and I was very happy to come out on top.

“Going back to a venue where you’ve won before makes you feel that you are good for that race course. I really love that venue and I’m looking forward to racing there again.”

Added Torrente: “It was very frustrating to not get started in Saudi after all the hard work done by the team to be ready for the new season. We want to get the first Grand Prix in the books and start off on a good foot, and I just can’t wait to get going again in Portimao.”

Al Qemzi, third in last year’s drivers’ championship, commented: “I have a very good feeling that we will retain our team title this season. But for the time being we’re focused only on this event which will show how strong the competition is this year.

“As for main contenders in the individual championship, I can’t look past my own team-mate. Shaun is definitely the man to beat.”

Among the Team Abu Dhabi duo’s biggest rivals will be France’s three time-world champion Philippe Chiappe who is chasing his fourth win in Portugal in partnership with son-in-law Peter Morin for CTIC F1 Shenzhen China.

Also relishing action in Portugal with Team Abu Dhabi in the battle for the F4-S Trophy are Mohammed Al-Mehairbi who is looking to build on his fourth place overall finish last season and Rashed Al-Remeithi.

Sponsored by Etihad Airways and run under the umbrella of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club, Team Abu Dhabi is supported by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and runs under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Khalifa Al-Nahyan, advisor to the Head of State and chairman of the board of directors of the ADIMSC.

Action on the 1.937km Arade River Circuit gets under way on Friday afternoon with free practice ahead of a busy schedule of qualifying and race activity on Saturday and Sunday.

  1. Shaun Torrente is aiming for more Grand Prix success in Portugal
  2. Torrente and Thani Al Qemzi are fully focused on the job to be done in Portimao


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Takeda to Highlight New Research into the Long-term Complications of Chronic Hypoparathyroidism at the European Congress of Endocrinology 2019 Annual Meeting

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Seven presentations will be shared, including new data on the risks of long-term cardiovascular, renal and infection complications, underlining Takeda’s commitment to further understanding of this rare disease

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) (“Takeda”) today announced that it will feature 7 presentations, including one oral presentation, at the upcoming European Congress of Endocrinology (ECE) Annual Meeting from May 18-21, 2019 in Lyon, France. The data presentations include findings from new research into the long-term risks of cardiovascular, renal and infection complications that patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism may experience as well as the latest findings from on-going real world and clinical studies, including the Global Burden of Illness Survey and the 6-year RACE study.

Takeda will also sponsor two satellite symposia. The first will focus on the burden of illness in chronic hypoparathyroidism patients with impaired biochemical control and comorbidities associated with the disease (Forum 1 on May 19, 13.45–14.45). The second symposium will present new perspectives in managing not adequately controlled hypoparathyroidism patients (Forum 3 on May 20, 13.45–14.35). Takeda will also have an exhibition booth throughout the congress (Booth #B02).

“The new research we are presenting at ECE 2019 continues to further our understanding of chronic hypoparathyroidism, especially about how long-term complications and symptoms may impact patients living with this rare disease,” explained John Germak M.D., Global Medical Team Lead at Takeda. “The clinical and real-world studies reflect our commitment to advancing our knowledge of chronic hypoparathyroidism and to improving patient care,” he added.

Hypoparathyroidism is a rare endocrine disease that occurs when inadequate levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) are secreted by the parathyroid glands, resulting in a mineral imbalance in the body expressed by a low concentration of calcium (hypocalcemia) and a high concentration of phosphate (hyperphosphatemia) in the blood.1 Studies have shown that a range of approximately 24–37 in 100,000 patients are affected by hypoparathyroidism.2 In patients who are not adequately controlled, this disease can have a significant impact on patient well-being through a range of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms, and comorbidities.3,4

Takeda’s presence at this year’s ECE meeting includes the following presentations, which are intended for scientific discussion only:

  • Risk of sepsis, respiratory infections, and kidney or other genitourinary (GU) infections in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT)4 OC1.4, May 19, 2019, Salle Gratte-Ciel 1+2+3, 12.00 – 13.00
  • Risk of myocardial infarction, stroke and other cardiovascular conditions in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism: A retrospective cohort5 GP148, May 20, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and CKD progression in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT)6 GP149, May 20, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Risk of nephrolithiasis and nephrocalcinosis in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT)7 GP147, May 20, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Impact of chronic hypoparathyroidism on Health-Related Quality of Life: Findings from a 13-country patient survey8 GP25, May 19, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Risk of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism. (HypoPT)9 P1038, May 21, 2019, Exhibition area, 12.30 – 14.30
  • Recombinant human parathyroid hormone 1-84 for the treatment of adults with chronic hypoparathyroidism: Six-year safety and efficacy results of the RACE study10 GP15, May 19, 2019, Exhibition area, 13.00 – 14.00

All abstracts will be available on the ECE website following the meeting.

About Hypoparathyroidism

Chronic hypoparathyroidism is diagnosed in patients with a low concentration of calcium in the blood and inappropriately low PTH levels; for postsurgical hypoparathyroidism, the features of hypoparathyroidism must persist for at least 6 months after surgery to be considered chronic.11,12

About NATPAR®▼(parathyroid hormone) for Injection in Europe

In Europe, the recombinant human parathyroid hormone 1-84 for treatment of adults with chronic HypoPT is approved under the tradename NATPAR®. NATPAR is indicated as adjunctive treatment of adult patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism who cannot be adequately controlled with standard therapy alone.13 Takeda is authorised to market NATPAR in the 28 Member States of the European Union, as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. NATPAR is currently commercially available in Germany, Greece, Austria, Denmark and Norway.

Click here for the full European Product Information:

For US Full Prescribing Information, including approved indication and important safety information, please visit:

About Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (TSE:4502/NYSE:TAK) is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Japan, committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to patients by translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology (GI), Neuroscience, and Rare Diseases. We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people’s lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust, modality-diverse pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

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2) Abate EG and Clarke BL. Review of Hypoparathyroidism. Front. Endocrinol. 2016;7:172.

3) Hadker N, Egan J, Sanders J, et al. Understanding the burden of illness associated with hypoparathyroidism reported among patients in the PARADOX study. Endocr Pract. 2014;20(7):671–9.

4) Chen K, Kaul S, Curhan G, et al. Risk of sepsis, respiratory infections, and kidney or other genitourinary (GU) infections in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT) Oral presentation [OC1.4].

5) Chen K, Kaul S, Curhan G, et al. Risk of Myocardial Infarction (MI), Stroke, and Other Cardiovascular (CV) Conditions in Patients with Chronic Hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT): A Retrospective Cohort Study.

6) Chen K, Gosmanova EO, Curhan G, et al. Risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and CKD progression in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT).

7) Chen K, Curhan G, Gosmanova EO, et al. Risk of Nephrolithiasis and Nephrocalcinosis in Patients with Chronic Hypoparathyroidism (HypoPT): A Retrospective Cohort Study

8) Bollerslev J, Ennakhil NB, Chen K, et al. Impact of chronic hypoparathyroidism on Health-Related Quality of Life: Findings from a 13-country patient survey.

9) Chen K, Gosmanova EO, Curhan G, et al. Risk of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) in patients with chronic hypoparathyroidism. (HypoPT).

10) Bilezikian JP, Bone H, Clarke BL, et al. Recombinant human parathyroid hormone 1-84 for the treatment of adults with chronic hypoparathyroidism: Six-year safety and efficacy results of the RACE study.

11) Brandi ML, Bilezikian JP, Shoback D, et al. Management of Hypoparathyroidism: Summary Statement and Guidelines. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016;101(6):2273–83.

12) Bollerslev J, Rejnmark L, Marcocci C, et al. European Society of Endocrinology Clinical Guideline: Treatment of chronic hypoparathyroidism in adults. Eur J Endocrinol. 2015;173:G1–G20.

13) Natpar® Summary of Product Characteristics.

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Champion horses check-in to experience Emirates Equine

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Close to 100 horses heading to the Shanghai leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour between 3 and 5 May 2019 were the latest to experience Emirates Equine- Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised product for calm and comfortable transportation of horses.

91 horses boarded two Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777 freighter aircraft specially chartered for the occasion for their journey from Belgium.

The horses were first led into specially designed horse stalls which were then loaded directly into the cargo aircraft for a smooth boarding experience.

On these flights, the horses were accommodated two per horse stall, considered the equivalent of business class travel. The horse stalls were also fitted with hay nets to ensure that the equine champions didn’t lack their in-flight snacks.

Emirates SkyCargo’s equine customers also had access to constant care during the flight as the carrier’s freighter aircraft also has provision for qualified vets and grooms to travel with the horses during the flight.

The air cargo carrier worked with Peden Bloodstock, a reputed equine transportation company, to ensure that the horses were well cared for before, during and after their flights so they could hit the ground running at Shanghai.

Post the tournament, the horses once again boarded their Emirates SkyCargo flights back to Belgium.

Emirates Equine in numbers

  1. 39 horse charters executed by Emirates SkyCargo in 2018/19
  2. Over 2000 horses flown by Emirates SkyCargo in 2018/19
  3. 18 Emirates SkyCargo charter flights flown uniquely for one sporting event in 2018- the largest civilian air charter for horses
  4. 91 horses travelled from Belgium to Shanghai for the Longines Global Champions Tour
  5. Emirates SkyCargo has operated horse charters to six continents
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Dream Cruises Selects SES Networks’ Game-Changing Connectivity for Cruise Fleet

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Guests and crew onboard World Dream, Genting Dream and the recently launched Explorer Dream will experience transformational, ultra-fast, low-latency connectivity powered by SES Networks’ Signature Maritime Solution

Dream Cruises, a brand of Genting Cruise Lines, has selected SES Networks’ Signature Cruise Solution to provide exceptional speeds, low latency, and unmatched fibre-like service to its passenger ship fleet, comprised of World Dream, Genting Dream and Explorer Dream, for the Asian luxury market, SES announced today.

Crew and guests of the newly-launched Explorer Dream will experience exceptional SES-powered guest connectivity onboard the 75,000-gross-ton, 2,000-passenger ship. The SES Networks’ solution will also be introduced onboard Genting Dream in September this year, completing the fleet-wide implementation that follows the successful launch of SES Networks’ managed service onboard World Dream, Dream Cruises’ second cruise ship, which debuted in 2017.

The new Explorer Dream will have homeports in Shanghai and Tianjin, as well as Sydney and Auckland later in the year. Its significantly enhanced connectivity will enable guests to chat with friends on WeChat, pick up a bargain on Taobao, or stream high-resolution video on YouKu without interruption or lag. It will also mean that guests can share photos and videos from their trip in real-time across social media, or battle with their friends in League of Legends as easily as they can on land.

SES Networks’ Signature Cruise Solution combines the low latency of its O3b medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite constellation with a fully managed end-to-end service, backed up by its highly reliable geostationary (GEO) fleet to ensure network resilience. The result is a seamless, high-performance broadband service delivered to everyone onboard the Dream Cruises fleet.

“Today’s cruise passengers demand excellent connectivity even when they are travelling on the high seas. As part of our efforts to provide our guests with the best possible services and amenities on board our ships, we partnered with SES Networks because of their high-speed capability to deliver a terrestrial broadband-like internet experience in some of the most challenging of conditions,” said Thatcher Brown, President at Dream Cruises.

“A Dream Cruise has the ability to deliver inspirational voyages at sea that create memories to last a lifetime. A key part of that adventure nowadays is the digital experience. Our Signature Cruise Solution ensures that passengers onboard Explorer Dream – along with World Dream and Genting Dream – will experience the new standard of enhanced guest connectivity,” said Simon Maher, Vice President Global Sales, Cruise Maritime Services at SES Networks. “Because SES Networks and Dream Cruises have shared values around delivering transformational and inspirational experiences at sea, we are incredibly proud to partner with them to enable this level of service.”

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Plan a short getaway for Eid with Emirates

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  • Book a quick holiday this Eid and discover Emirates’ extensive network

Plan your Eid holiday early and enjoy exploring Emirates’ extensive network. UAE travelers can discover the vibrant city of Bangkok, or stroll through the romantic city of Paris. European and North American travelers can also take advantage and fly back home to visit family and friends.

Emirates Economy Class and Business Class passengers can plan a short getaway to one of the below destinations. The offer is valid on bookings made today until 30th May 2019, for travel until 29 February 2020.

Destination Economy Class Business Class
London Starting from AED 2,445 Starting from AED 12,645
Bangkok Starting from AED 1,995 Starting from AED 10,495
Paris Starting from AED 2,995 Starting from AED 15,995
Tokyo Starting from AED 3,995 Starting from AED 14,495
Istanbul Starting from AED 2,395 Starting from AED 12,495
Casablanca Starting from AED 2,145 Starting from AED 13,495
Los Angeles Starting from AED 4,895 Starting from AED 22,995
Kuwait Starting from AED 795 Starting from AED 3,595
Jeddah Starting from AED 1,225 Starting from AED 4,995
Brisbane Starting from AED 5,995 Starting from AED 18,995

Travellers can also book with Emirates Holidays and enjoy a 3 night stay at a 4-star hotel including return flights to Bangkok starting from AED2, 435 per person.

UAE residents and nationals returning back home to Dubai from now until 31st August 2019, can benefit from the fantastic offers using My Emirates Pass – an offer that turns an Emirates boarding pass into an exclusive membership card providing travelers special benefits and discounts of up to 50% off in more than 500 leisure and retail outlet locations across the UAE.* The exclusive pass allows customers to redeem up to 50% off in over 400 fine dining restaurants, luxury wellness treatments in almost 50 spas and leisure activities such as indoor skiing and water amusement parks. Customers can also take advantage and redeem up to 30% off at international retail outlets including popular fashion and fitness brands.

Passengers travelling in all classes can enjoy regionally inspired meals, 4,000 entertainment channels on ice – the airline’s award winning in-flight entertainment system – and up to 20MB complimentary Wi-Fi to stay connected with friends and family during the flight.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions, visit, travel agent or through the local Emirates Sales Office.

*Terms & conditions apply. 


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