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Pakistan Embassy Abu Dhabi & Pakistani Community Participation in National Festival of Tolerance and Human Fraternity in Abu Dhabi

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The Embassy of Pakistan along with the Pakistani community participated in the National Festival of Tolerance and Human Fraternity, being held under the slogan of “Following Zayed’s approach” which was opened on Friday 8 November 2019 at Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi.

The Ambassador of Pakistan, HE Ghulam Dastagir joined the March of Tolerance, led by H.H Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, participated by minsters, ambassadors, artists and dignitaries, along with representatives of all communities in the UAE. A large number of Pakistani community also attended the event, where a stall displaying Pakistani traditional handicrafts was setup to showcase the different colors of Pakistani culture.

The students from Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Pakistani School, clad in national/traditional dresses, performed on regional songs in the event, which was highly appreciated by the audience.

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The IIFA conference concludes in Dubai and issues resolutions and recommendations

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  • The academy permits the circulation of FIDIC contracts as long as they comply with Shariah rules and regulations and postpones the resolution on smart contracts until further deliberations
  • The importance of tolerance is stressed as an inherent principle of the Holy Quran and Sunnah
  • The UAE’s efforts to achieve tolerance and coexistence are commended
  • The need for governments of Islamic countries to place the issue of water and food security at the forefront is reiterated

The International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA) conference concluded its 24th session in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The conference was hosted by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD), and issued a set of recommendations on important jurisprudential issues discussed during the three-day conference.

At the end of the conference’s sessions, the academy issued nine resolutions, each of which included recommendations on the topics raised. These included smart contracts and their relation with digital currency, inflation and change in currency value, FIDIC contracts, tolerance in Islam, achieving food and water security in Islamic countries, human genome and future biomedical engineering, hedging operations in financial institutions, the role of religious education in achieving peace, and cryptocurrencies.

With regards to smart contracts and its relation with the cryptocurrencies, the academy issued resolution no. 230 (1/24), which reaffirmed all the findings of the academy’s previous resolution on the Sharia provision of making contracts using new technologies. It also applies to electronic contracts, which are independent of smart contracts. The resolution explained the meaning of smart contracts and the way they are devised, while choosing to postpone its ruling on the matter pending a specialized seminar to further study the subject. Invitations will be extended to experts in technological fields such as Blockchain, and cryptocurrencies.

The academy’s resolution no. 231 (2/24) on inflation and change in currency value reaffirmed its previous resolution on low inflation. It left the estimation of excessive inflation to either mutual consent, judiciary or arbitration. The resolution ruled that in case of excessive inflation, following the start of a debt, there is no objection for the creditor and debtor to agree on paying the debt value or distribute the damage between both parties by mutual consent. The debt can also be fulfilled as per judiciary or arbitration ruling. However, it is not permissible to agree in advance on such terms. The academy reaffirmed its previous recommendation to all Islamic governments in its resolution no. (12/9/115) which included 12 points.

Regarding the FIDIC contracts, the academy’s resolution no. 232 (3/24) defined the concept of FIDIC contracts. It noted that these contracts are jurisprudentially permitted if they comply with Sharia provisions and regulations, as the case with the contract of Istisna’ and Ijarah (leasing), as well as contracts in which consent to change of the contract is altered at the time of its entry. In order to avoid dispute or conflict given the pre-agreement on the provision, by resorting to arbitration accepted by its parties, and because the financial increase that may occur on the agreed basis is not a reward for the delay in fulfilling, but rather compensation for damages that may be caused by one party to another, or because of changing implementation circumstances or its cost.

The academy’s resolution no. 233 (4/24) on tolerance in Islam, and its social and international ramifications reaffirmed the recommendations previously issued by the academy’s council, which calls for peaceful coexistence, further noting that tolerance is a principle that was elucidated in the Holy Quran and Sunnah, and that Muslims are ordered to be tolerant. The resolution noted the urgent need to work on the principle of tolerance, while praising international initiatives in this area, including the UAE’s efforts to promote tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

The resolution included several recommendations that called for the inclusion of the value of tolerance in educational curricula, religious discourse and the media. It also urged specialists and thought leaders to write about this subject and called on the United Nations to adopt legislation, which criminalize racism, exclusion and tribalism.

The academy’s resolution no. 234 (5/24) on food and water security discussed the meaning of both concepts and included six recommendations that stressed the need for governments of Islamic countries to put the issue at the forefront of their policies. It also stressed that Muslims should jurisprudentially avoid water and food waste, and that Muslim scholars must strive to find ways to help achieve food and water security. It also called on Islamic countries to bolster cooperation in order to address water and food shortage, and to use modern technology in seed production and enhancing agricultural yield. The recommendations highlighted that Islamic countries should take advantage of the Islamic Sharia to build agricultural resources by applying the principle of “reviving unused lands” with its Sharia regulations.

The Resolution no. 235 (24/6) on the human genome and future biomedical engineering emphasized the recommendation of the 21st session of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy conference. It is permitted to allow genome editing technology if approved by relevant medical authorities, and only if it is used for medical purposes, which prevent and cure genetic diseases. This requires strict regulatory procedures to ensure each person involved with the treatment is respected. The resolution clarified that it is not permitted from a Sharia point of view to transfer mitochondria with DNA from a healthy woman to another with mitochondria DNA damage that is intractable, in order to prevent genealogy.

Resolution no. 236 (7/24) on the role of religious education in promoting peace and caring of the Holy Quran and Sunnah, noted the importance of organizing regional and sub-regional conferences and seminars to enhance the role of religious education in achieving peace. The resolution also called upon the membered countries to form specialized committees to review their religious education curricula and ensure they promote peace, dialogue and coexistence. Additionally, the resolution stressed the importance of religious education to focus on God almighty honor for human, demonstrate concepts that promote tolerant values of Islam, and to publish further programs to teach the Arabic language, while adhering to the modern education system. The resolution also stressed the need to improve the education system and develop research centres in order to emphasize moderation and lead Muslims down the right path. The resolution also noted the need to promote peace and caring culture by teaching Fiqh Muqaran “Comparative Fiqh”, defend religious education and develop its curricula, as well as highlight the correct concepts about women in Islam.

Resolution no, 237 (8/24) deliberated cryptocurrencies, its methods, as well as the risks they pose. It also deliberated dealing with cryptocurrencies through online platforms or through brokers. The resolution highlighted that there were issues that emerged which would impact the Sharia provision. Therefore, and considering the risks cryptocurrencies pose, the board recommended further studies on the subject.

Resolution no. 238 (9/24) on hedging in Islamic financial institutions, mentioned the recommendations issued by the academic seminar conducted by the academy on this matter. The resolution reaffirmed the academy’s resolutions on hedging in financial transactions in its 23rd session. The resolution explained the general meaning of hedging transactions and their formats. It outlined in detail hedging transactions, which are prohibited by Sharia, their formats, and the reasons behind the prohibition. The resolution also explained Sharia provisions on alternative hedging instruments. It recommended all Sharia councils, Fatwa and Sharia supervisory bodies, as well as scholars and researchers to combine the purposes of Islamic Sharia and the partial Sharia regulations for contracts when they practice Ijtihad (independent reasoning) to structure Islamic financial products in general, and draft hedging contracts in particular. The resolution also recommended investment and treasury departments on institutional level and entities responsible for financial and monetary policies on a national level to attain a balance between debts and duties, and wealth to make sure they do not incur debt that affects the economy.

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Countdown to the 11th annual Beat Diabetes Walk begins!

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Landmark Group, the region’s leading retail and hospitality leisure conglomerate, will host the 11th edition of the annual Beat Diabetes Walk at Dubai’s Zabeel Park on Friday, November 15, 2019.

What’s new this Year?

Beat Diabetes Walk 2019 joins hands with Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30 this year and will serve as the closing ceremony of the 30-day challenge. Open to both kids and adults, participants of the Walk will also get to be a part of an array of free fitness activities at the venue including the signature Imagine Fitness Workout hosted by Fitness First, Yoga and a SuperKidz zone where children can enjoy fun-filled activities including games and spot fitness challenges.

Following the walk, participants can opt to check their sugar levels at the free blood glucose testing kiosks.

Support the cause and register for the Walk

Registrations for the 11th annual Beat Diabetes Walk in the UAE can be completed online on www.beatdiabetes.me until November 11, 2019. Participants can also register offline at the venue on the day of the walk between 7am – 8am.

Upon registration, all participants will receive a walkathon kit comprising of a Beat Diabetes T-shirt and cap through courier.

The Beat Diabetes Walk is approximately three kilometres starting at Gate 3, Zabeel Park.

Date & Time: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8am

Venue: Zabeel Park, Gate 3, Dubai.

Online registration Fees: AED20 per person (15 years and above), AED10 per child between 8 – 14 years, free of charge for children under 8 years.

All proceeds from registrations will go to Al Jalila Foundation to support diabetes research in the region.

To stay updated on the Beat Diabetes Walk and related activities, please follow our social media handles – Facebook www.facebook.com/beatdiabetes | Instagram @beat.diabetes

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Samana Group’s CEO sees growing China investment focus on Dubai

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Samana recently announced that it is targeting $1 billion worth of Chinese investments in the UAE.

Samana Group sees high Chinese interest in Dubai, as the world’s second largest economy expands its footprint in the Gulf region, the Dubai-based conglomerate’s chief executive said.

“We’ve felt in (the) last one and a half year the trend of Chinese investment is focused on Dubai,” Imran Farooq, Samana Group’s CEO told Zawya in an interview.

Farooq said the confusion in the European markets due to Brexit has pushed China to explore other markets, noting that “Dubai seems to be a serious destination for them.”
As per Dubai customs data, trade between Dubai and China alone reached $9.8 billion in the first quarter of 2019, as the emirate seeks to become the leading Middle Eastern partner for China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Samana had announced at the end of October that it is expanding its business into China and is targeting $1 billion worth of Chinese investments into the UAE, as part of its plans to capitalize on Expo 2020 Dubai.

“We are targeting this number over three years. Obviously [in] 2020 we intend to achieve 50 percent of the target and …the balance in 2021 and 2022,” Farooq said.

He said the group plans to open its first office in China by March-April 2020.

Samana will be meeting potential partners in China’s key business hubs, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as part of its investment roadshow in the country. It would also be launching three new real estate projects in Dubai by the first quarter of 2020 and target Chinese investors for these projects.

On the group’s other plans, Farooq told Zawya: “In the first quarter next year we will be launching Samana international and we’ll make an announcement [on launch] of projects in two European markets.” He added that the land for the projects has already been acquired and designs are in the approval stage.

He also disclosed that the company intends to open an office in Saudi Arabia in Jeddah or Riyadh by March-April 2020. (Zawya – November 6, 2019).

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How to Utilize W(R)ICEF- Reports Development in SAP S4HANA

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Have you heard of SAP S4HANA WRICEF objects of REPORTS?

If you haven’t, here’s a little backstory and why you should if you’re looking to transform your business’s reporting development processes.

In February 2017, SAP introduced S4HANA Cloud, a SaaS (software as a service) version of their S4HANA ERP. Billed as a “next-generation intelligent ERP,” the goal of SAP S4HANA Cloud is to help companies use HANA’s in-memory processing and real-time data accessibility in a SaaS model to achieve digital transformation. The SaaS model allows users to access all S4HANA’s functionality without committing resources to hardware, databases or IT staff, while the cloud aspect brings technologies that introduce “intelligence” into ERP applications, including machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain and voice-enabled technology.

The three main technologies that comprise S4HANA On-Prem / Cloud’s intelligent ERP are a digital assistant (SAP CoPilot), machine learning and predictive analytics. Each of these technologies contribute to S4HANA On-Prem / Cloud’s ability to integrate business processes and turn real-time data into actions that can increase employee productivity.

So, how can you use S4HANA On-Prem /Cloud to develop smarter reports with increased visualization?

In this article, we’ll explore the ways you can develop reports using in-app extensibility within SAP S4HANA. The main applications we’ll focus on are the Custom CDS Views app, the Custom Analytical Queries app and the SAP Fiori analytical apps.

Custom CDS Views App

Since core data services (CDS) are the primary data modeling options for the entire SAP S4HANA ERP, it makes sense that reporting development would start with the Custom CDS Views app. SAP-provided Virtual Data Models (VDMs) are the main structural representations of CDS views in SAP S4HANA Cloud. A VDM establishes the basis of the data access required to display business functionalities as APIs (application programming interfaces) or to utilize APIs within SAP Fiori apps.

There are three options for VDM views: basic interface views, composite interface views and consumption views. SAP also provides many standard whitelisted CDS VDM views within the View Browser app or the Custom CDS Views app. In the Custom CDS Views app, you can build your own custom views on top of these standard views or on top of custom business objects to meet data requirements for your reports.

Some of the other features of the Custom CDS Views app that help with creating your report are:

  • Data sources can be other custom CDS views, SAP-provided published/whitelisted CDS views, custom business objects, etc.
  • Any existing data sources can be accessed through display/search/filter
  • You can create your own CDS using the data sources mentioned above
  • You can define one or more associations to other data sources
  • You can apply parameters to existing data sources
  • Newly created CDS views can be revealed as OData using association
  • CDS views can be defined with an analytical query so data can be analyzed/visualized through embedded analytics
  • Custom data filters can be set to limit the data based on conditions you identify

Now that you have a basic understanding of what you can do in the Custom CDS Views app, let’s look at the Custom Analytical Queries app to start building upon the data gathered through your CDS views.

Custom Analytical Queries App

As a developer, you more than likely have a strong understanding of the two primary aspects of development: data selection and data visualization. We’ve already covered data selection within the Custom CDS Views app, so let’s look at how S4HANA presents data visualization.

The Custom Analytical Queries app is an excellent tool for creating meaningful reporting based on raw business data. Within this app you can add required fields, set filters, add restricted and calculated measures, and preview the data in SAP Fiori-based multidimensional reporting style. You can create custom analytical queries using the following key items:

  • Data sources: any existing standard or custom CDS views that have been marked as an analytical query can be used as a data source
  • General data: this includes basic information about the query, such as its label
  • Field selection: you can select the list of fields for your analytical query
  • Display: you can set a variety of properties for your query, such as the dimension format to a key or some text or a combination of elements; set sorting properties; define the axis and specify whether a field displays as a row or in column; move fields up and down as required; add calculated, restrictive and converted measures; and add counters to display the count of a particular dimension
  • Filters: you can choose from many types of filters, such as single value, multiple value, fixed values, etc.

Finally, we’ll explore how you can display the data generated through the Custom Analytical Queries app using the various in-app reporting tools provided by SAP Fiori.

SAP Fiori Analytical Apps

S4HANA Cloud offers a variety of SAP Fiori apps that you can use to visualize your data to maximum effect. Two of the main SAP data visualization tools are the KPI (key performance indicator) modeler and the report designer modeler. The KPI modeler is a set of apps for designing and developing KPI-driven smart business applications, while the report designer modeler is a set of apps for defining tabular or analytical reports.

Since SAP S4HANA Cloud 1902, both modelers have been combined into a single app: The Manage KPIs and Reports app. This app manages the following entities:

  • Groups: used to manage similar KPIs
  • KPIs: defined as certain measures that are evaluated with respect to a target goal
  • Reports: creates generic reports and analytical list pages (ALPs)
  • Applications: with tiles to be displayed in the Launchpad

You can define two different types of reports using the Manage KPIs and Reports app: generic drilldown reports and analytical list pages (ALPs). ALPs are a compact way to analyze data on a single page.

Another useful app for dynamic data visualization is the Analysis Path Framework (APF) Configuration Modeler app. This app helps you visualize your data in a chart-oriented, storyboard style display. Additionally, you can access the SAP Predictive Analytics integrator, which is a combination of two apps – the Predictive Model app and the Predictive Scenario app – to build predictive use cases for business applications. The combination of these two apps within the Predictive Analytics integrator allows you to explore existing business scenarios provided by SAP, and develop your own predictive and machine learning business scenarios to train existing models with new training data.

As you can see, the in-app extensibility provided by SAP S4HANA Cloud contains a wealth of possibilities for digitally transformative reporting development. Each application within the S4HANA ERP can be utilized to allow for development of more intelligent, dynamic reporting, and thereby encourage greater productivity for your business.

About the Author:

Adbul Afzal Mohammed is a SAP BW4HANA / S4HANA Cloud Solution Consultant with 16+ years of creative, design and innovation experience in all areas of SAP Business Intelligence with a mixed skillset of Quantitative & Qualitative reporting analysis. He’s filled with industry-driven Certifications and packed his bag with a wealth of experience working with companies around the globe.

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WORLD CHAMPIONS PRIMED FOR FIGHTBACK TO REGAIN LEAD IN XCAT TITLE RACE

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Team Abu Dhabi’s Torrente, Al Mansoori out to reclaim No.1 spot after tough day in China

Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori are primed for a big fightback in China to regain the lead in the UIM XCAT World Championship after Australians Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton took Maritimo to a race victory in the Shanghai Grand Prix today.

Starting in pole position, Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori took second place in Abu Dhabi 5, with the Dubai Police combination of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi claiming the third podium place to grab a fragile lead in the XCAT title race.

Reigning XCAT world champions Torrente and Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4 were fourth to finish, but a 38-seconds penalty imposed for hitting a race buoy dropped them to sixth.

They now go into tomorrow’s third and final race of a frantic weekend two points behind Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi, meaning the championship looks poised for a thrilling finish in December’s final round in Dubai.

“We broke an oil pump in qualifying and did only two laps so we were lucky to get fourth in race one,” said Torrente. “The team worked flat out, changed the oil pump and swapped powerheads. Unfortunately the motor still had an issue today. But we think we have it sorted now so we can fight back tomorrow.”

Shanghai Grand Prix Race 2 results

  1. Maritimo (AUS) Tom Barry-Cotter / Ross Willaton 37.42,83
  2. Abu Dhabi 5 (UAE) Rashed Al Tayer / Majed Al Mansoori 37.59,29
  3. Dubai Police (UAE) Arif Al Zaffain / Nadir Bin Hendi 38.10,14
  4. HPI Racing Team (IT) Rosario Schiano Di Cola / Guiseppe Schiano Di Cola 39.34,47
  5. Swecat Racing (SWE) Erik Stark / Sebastian Groth) 39.46,11
  6. Abu Dhabi 4 (UAE) Shaun Torrente / Faleh Al Mansoori 39.52,38
  7. Kuwait (KWT) Abdullatif Al Omani / Moustafa Al Dashti 37.54,39
  8. 222 Offshore (IT/AUS) Giovanni Carpitella / Darren Nicholson 38.16,55
  9. De Mitri (IT) Roberto Lo Piano / Marco Di Cosmo 38.47,58
  10. New Star Racing (RU) Mikhail Kitashev / Dimitry Vandyshev 39.14,54

XCAT World Championship positions

  1. Dubai Police (UAE) Arif Al Zaffain / Nadir Bin Hendi 117pts
  2. Abu Dhabi 4 (UAE) Shaun Torrente / Faleh Al Mansoori 115
  3. Maritimo (AUS) Tom Barry-Cotter / Ross Willaton 95
  4. Abu Dhabi 5 (UAE) Rashed Al Tayer / Majed Al Mansoori 90
  5. 222 Offshore (IT/AUS) Giovanni Carpitella / Darren Nicholson 51
  6. The Blue Roo (AUS) Pal Virik Nilsen / Jan Trygve Braaten 48
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WORLD CHAMPIONS FACE THREE-WAY BATTLE FOR XCAT TITLE AFTER AUSSIES DOUBLE UP IN CHINA

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Abu Dhabi’s Torrente, Al Mansoori ready for championship showdown as team-mates grab another second place in China

Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori face a three-way title showdown in the UIM XCAT World Championship after Australians Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton completed back-to-back race victories in China today.

Reigning world champions Torrente and Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4 must now aim to wipe out a three-point advantage held by the Dubai Police crew of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi, the new championship leaders ahead of the final round on their home territory next month.

With Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton just three points further adrift in third place in Maritimo, the XCAT series is set for a dramatic climax in Dubai on 12-14 December.

Emirati drivers Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 rounded off an impressive run of performances in China by repeating their previous day’s second place finish to complete a hat-trick of podium finishes on Shanghai’s Dishui Lake.

While third place was enough to give Al Zaffain and Bin Hendi a narrow lead in the title race, Team Abu Dhabi’s Torrente and Al Mansoori will look to regain the initiative in Dubai after being plagued by mechanical problems from the start in Shanghai.

 Shanghai Grand Prix Race 3 results

  1. Maritimo (AUS) Tom Barry-Cotter / Ross Willaton 32.55.78
  2. Abu Dhabi 5 (UAE) Rashed Al Tayer / Majed Al Mansoori 33.12.16
  3. Dubai Police (UAE) Arif Al Zaffain / Nadir Bin Hendi 33.20.48
  4. Abu Dhabi 4 (UAE) Shaun Torrente / Faleh Al Mansoori 33.39.36
  5. HPI Racing Team (IT) Rosario Schiano Di Cola / Guiseppe Schiano Di Cola 34.10.03
  6. 222 Offshore (IT/AUS) Giovanni Carpitella / Darren Nicholson 35.06.35
  7. Kuwait (KWT) Abdullatif Al Omani / Moustafa Al Dashti +1 lap
  8. Videx (IT) Alfredo Amato / Saul Bubacco + 1 lap
  9. New Star Racing (RU) Mikhail Kitashev / Dimitry Vandyshev + 1 lap
  10. De Mitri (IT) Roberto Lo Piano / Marco Di Cosmo + 1 lap

 XCAT World Championship positions

  1. Dubai Police 143pts
  2. Abu Dhabi 4 140
  3. Maritimo 137
  4. Abu Dhabi 5 113
  5. 222 Offshore 71
  6. HPI Racing Team 60
  7. The Blue Roo 48
  8. New Star Racing 47
  9. Swecat Racing 44
  10. Kuwait 42
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JustClean investment boosts Keno expansion plans

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Technology company modernizing regional laundry industry backs UAE car wash business to continue growth

Technology company JustClean, which has built a growing online marketplace for the laundry industry in the Gulf region, today announced a strategic investment in the Dubai-based car care on demand application, Keno.

JustClean participated in the recent Round of Funding for Keno because of a shared strategy to take vital everyday services online and deliver them directly to consumers.

Launched in 2017 as a car care on demand application, Keno uses eco-friendly techniques to clean users’ vehicles, saving around 99% of used water compared with traditional car wash services.

Taking the car wash straight to the user’s home, workplace or shopping mall car park, the car care app’ delivers a range of services from a Dhs40 body wash all the way up to a Dhs95 interior disinfecting to get rid of deep stains.

“We’re very happy to confirm our investment in Keno because we see great potential for the continued growth of a company which has so much in common with JustClean,” said Mohammed Jaffar, CEO of JustClean.

“Like us, they are transforming a largely underdeveloped business through the use of technology to take an important service straight to consumers, saving them a great deal of time and hassle.”

Kenan Mobayed, Founder of Keno, commented: “You will need strong and trusted partners to maintain and grow the value you’ve created. Having JustClean on board is a badge of honor.”

Athbi Al Enezi, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of JustClean, said: “The investment made by JustClean and other investors comes at a very opportune time to help drive Keno’s expansion within the UAE, as well as the rest of the GCC at a later stage.”

The JustClean marketplace application connects hundreds of laundry services with consumers across the region. The company also operates a growing logistics operation in the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia, as well as a SaaS (software as a service) business.

JustClean expanded operations from Saudi’s Eastern Province to Jeddah last month. Riyadh joins the network later this year, with entry into other international markets to follow next year.

Nouri Al Enezi, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of JustClean, said: “We see this is a positive step for two parts of the regional cleaning industry. From the start, our vision was to play a major role in taking the wider cleaning sector online.”

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THIS IS YOUR CHANCE – TOP UAE DRIVER SAYS NEW BAJA SERIES IS PERFECT WAY INTO RALLYING

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Relishing Abu Dhabi Baja test, Sheikh Khalid feels there has never been a better time for young enthusiasts to enter rallying

Top UAE rally driver Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi says the emergence of a new national off road series in the Emirates means there has never been a better time for young enthusiasts to enter the sport.

The vastly experienced Emirati driver, who lines up in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Baja later this month, is urging more young drivers and riders to grasp the opportunity created by the launch this year of the UAE Baja Championship.

“This is the perfect platform for people to come into the sport at entry level,” said Sheikh Khalid, who

leads the T1 category after winning three of the first four rounds in his Abu Dhabi Racing 3008 DKR.

“Most of the events are one day, and they’re open to bikes, quads and T3 cars (Side by Side or UTVs) which make the sport much more affordable. If you’re looking for an opportunity to compete, this is your chance.”

Taking place under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Sports Council on 15-16 November, the Abu Dhabi Baja forms the fifth round of the 2019 UAE Baja Championship which is organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC).

Previous rounds have attracted upwards of 50 competitors, and the EMC hopes for more entries from the UAE and the other Gulf counties in Abu Dhabi, with prize money offered in each of the T1, T2, Group S and UTV auto classes, as well as Motos 450, 250 and quad categories.

For Sheikh Khalid, who will be partnered by British co-driver Chris Paterson, the Abu Dhabi Baja presents another competitive test in his build-up to next year’s Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

He was runner up in the recent Rally Qassim in Saudi, finishing just ten seconds adrift of Yazeed Al-Rajhi after setting the fastest time on the final stage, while fellow Emirati Mohammed Al-Balooshi won the motorcycle category.

It was the second victory inside a month for Al Balooshi following his Jordan Baja win, and he will be looking to complete a hat-trick of victories in the Abu Dhabi Baja to extend his lead in the UAE Baja Championship Moto 450 class.

With a route twisting among that giant dunes of the Rub Al Khali, the Abu Dhabi Baja will be based at the Moreeb Dune facility with the backing of Liwa Sport Club.

From the rally base, competitors depart for two special stages amounting to 250km of competitive off road rallying, in a route totalling 280km in length, including liaisons.

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THE BURJ CEO AWARD 2019

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