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AOC to introduce new range of Gaming monitors at Middle East Games Con

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  • World’s leading display brand, AOC to display its AGON and G-Line series of Gaming monitors and also conduct gaming compensations at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre

AOC, the display specialist has today announced that it will be showcasing its most advance Gaming monitors at Middle East Games Con. The company will be unveiling several new models from AGON and the G-Line series of Gaming monitors during the gaming show at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Abu Dhabi in UAE from 25th to 27th October 2018.

Middle East Games Con is the biggest gathering gaming event across Middle East and Africa. The 2017 edition of Middle East Games Con attracted over 25,000 gaming enthusiasts, amateurs and professionals

“AOC is a major display vendor for gaming solutions worldwide with a wide range of gaming monitors powered by state of art technology combined with market intelligence and understanding that enables us to design our solutions with a gamer in the mind,” said Sameh Gamal, Business Development Manager for MEA at AOC. “Participating at Middle East Games Con is yet another step to work closely with the gaming community in the region. We are delighted to demonstrate our latest Gaming Monitors during the show.”

Gamal further added, “We are serious player in the world of gaming and it is our endeavour to promote innovation and gaming in the region. At the forth coming ME Games Con, we will be promoting competitive spirit among the gamers by organising several tournaments and a challenge. We look forward to meet and host maximum number of gamers from the region during the show”

AOC in association Gamers Hub Middle East throws a super exciting challenge for Gamers attending the Game Con and they can win AOC gaming monitors and vouchers worth AED 1000 everyday. The AOC Fight Challenge will consists of six individual games; Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros, Injustice 2 and Dragonballz Fighters. And, a player must win all these 6 games in a row without suffering any defeat to win the AOC Fight Challenge and pick up AOC Monitor as the prize.

Apart from AOC Fight Challenge, AOC will also organise six individual gaming competition based on the same games; Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros, Injustice 2 and Dragonballz Fighters. And, the highest scorer of the individual game such as Mortal Kombat X stand alone tournament will be entitled for a prize of AED 1000 worth of vouchers everyday.

 

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 ‘BLOCKCHAIN WILL AID TRACEABILITY AND BOOST COMPETITIVENESS OF GULF-BASED FOOD PRODUCERS’

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  • Industry experts to address Gulfood Manufacturing’s Food Tech Summit and discuss benefits of blockchain ahead of projected 2019 global roll-out

Blockchain, the digitalised transaction ledger, is set to transform the Gulf’s food manufacturing industry satisfying increasing consumer demand for food traceability in the process, according to a regional blockchain applications expert.

Anupam Gupta, Director, Programs for Consensys MENA, the global blockchain specialist, says blockchain is emerging as the go-to technology to address the entry of illegally and unethically manufactured products into the supply chain.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) 1 in 10 people falls ill every year as a result of eating contaminated food, with 420,000 dying as a result.

Speaking ahead of the agenda-setting FoodTech Summit at Gulfood Manufacturing 2018, the region’s biggest food and beverage processing industry event, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 6-8 November, Gupta says blockchain can be “a significant part of the solution”, providing full transparency and traceability to enable the market in rewarding responsible and ethical producers and forcing  the illegal and unethical players out of the supply chain.

Gupta will address the FoodTech Summit on 8 November, the second day of the two-day future-focused conference, to help delegates unlock the potential of blockchain for the F&B industry.

Blockchain will boost entire F&B eco-system

Blockchain, Gupta says, can have multiple benefits to the entire F&B eco-system from production, marketing and value chain management perspectives. Blockchain-based traceability, says Gupta, can protect public health, improve trade, strengthen sustainability practices, deliver premium to sustainable produce, reduce recalls, boost consumer trust, provide quality assurance and value-chain efficiencies, reduce brand risk from association with unacceptable practices and ensure great regulatory compliance.

“A lot of significant experimentation has already begun in this sector and very soon we will be seeing large- scale commercial adoption of blockchain-based traceability systems in the food supply chain market,” he said, adding that Gulf producers will not be immune to the transformation.

“Work is ongoing on this front. Blockchain-based solutions in the supply chain industry are emerging very fast,” he added. “However, it will take some education, awareness and uptake from suppliers to adopt these solutions. It would also depend upon consumer awareness and consciousness beyond brand perception alone to trigger demand for complete traceability on each and every product.

“We anticipate that the production roll-out of blockchain-based traceability systems will happen in 2019 and then the global adoption of the systems and best practices subsequently on a rolling basis.”

The use of blockchain will enable easier detection of tampered products, preventing expensive product recalls and ensuring safe produce is kept on the shelves and not sent to landfill. Foodnavigator.com reports that US retail giant Walmart is working with leading brands such as Nestle, Unilever, Dole Food and Tyson Foods on blockchain pilot projects, adding that the retailer believes a 1 per cent reduction in foodborne illnesses in the US alone could generate USD 700 million in increased productivity.

The report also adds that apart from traceability and transparency, blockchain speeds up transactions, meaning farmers get paid quicker.

Gulf-based producers will have competitive edge

Gupta added that blockchain-aided traceability will give Gulf brands that are both food producers and re-exporters a competitive edge over global producers.

“It would uplift their brand image due to the transparency in operations and traceability being provided to the ultimate end user, the consumer,” he said while citing other benefits such as reducing cross-partner trade inefficiencies, increasing cross-country regulation compliance and the weeding out of unacceptable labour practices.

The Gulfood Manufacturing Food Tech Summit will bring together international F&B experts and industry leaders, key decision makers and innovators to discuss the global industry’s market developments and the latest solutions to help improve industry efficiency and quality.

“Gulfood Manufacturing is at the forefront of driving the regional and global food manufacturing sector and the Food Tech Summit at this year’s show serves as a great enabler to probe next-generation technologies now transforming F&B manufacturing facilities into smart factories,” explained Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC, organisers of Gulfood Manufacturing. “The program will also explore how we can secure food supplies and how the F&B industry can innovate to create alternative food supply resources.”

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15 Emirati & Gulf nationals qualify for final event of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0

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  • Khalifa Fund successfully trains qualified Entrepreneurs at Boot Camp of Pitch@Palace

Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED) successfully organized the ‘Boot Camp’ phase of Pitch@Palace GCC 1.0, where 15 qualified Entrepreneurs attended an intensive practical and analytical training and coaching programme to help them gear up for the final pitching event, showcasing their innovative ideas to top-level leaders and decision makers. The two-day Boot Camp programme, held at Khalifa Innovation Center in the Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, was attended by The Duke of York and Founder of Pitch@Palace Global who launched the Pitch@Palace Global initiative in 2014; H.E. Hussein Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, H.E. Abdulla Al Darmaki, CEO of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development; and VIPs from the UAE and the region. The competition, being held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, was lauded for its key role in fostering a spirit of innovation and creativity among budding entrepreneurs in the UAE, as well as the GCC region.

H.E. Hussein Jasim Al Nowais, Chairman of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, welcomed the strategic partnership between the Fund and the Office of HRH The Duke of York, which provides a unique platform for Entrepreneurs to showcase their projects to key decision-makers.

He added: “The Fund has succeeded in bringing the Pitch@Palace Global initiative to the UAE and the GCC region, and confirming the role of Khalifa Fund as key driver in the country’s and region innovation agenda. This much-awaited competition aligns with the Fund’s goal of providing diverse opportunities for the youth, enhancing cooperation between Entrepreneurs in the region and connecting them with the global entrepreneurship platform. It also support reinforcing the UAE pioneering role in supporting entrepreneurship and creativity.”

He said: “Khalifa Fund continuously strives to support the youth of the country and enhance their contribution to nation building, with the support of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE, and in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. Following the success of the first edition of Pitch@Palace UAE and its positive impact in the country and the region, Khalifa Fund took the lead to extend this competition to the neighbouring countries as well. Today, we remain fully committed to continue our quest for excellence and become role model at the local, regional and global levels in fostering a culture of innovation that encourages entrepreneurs to dream big and to equip them with the necessary resources to transform this dream into reality.”

This year’s Boot Camp focused on innovation as the cornerstone of entrepreneurship, success, sustainability, growth and progress. The programme combined practical masterclasses that encouraged entrepreneurs to explore various approaches to innovation, and analysis sessions that delved in detail into various business models and their transformation and expansion as a result of innovation. Participants received valuable insights into the various banking requirements and formalities, drawing up a perfect business plan, developing a professional legal framework to ensure the success of their efforts and various investment opportunities in the field of technology. Masterclasses were made about real-life success stories of small companies that dared to innovate and incorporate technological advancements into their business operations. Participants also received the golden chance to review their pitches in detail, which helped them to gear up for the final pitching event.

The Boot Camp was designed to train 15 qualified entrepreneurs, that included 8 Emiratis and 7 nationals from Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain. The UAE edition of the competition witnessed a high turnout this year, with 91 participants, out of which 63 were selected for the first and second on-tours. The first ‘On-Tour’ event of the UAE edition was held at New York University in Abu Dhabi, where 32 entrepreneurs took part. The second ‘On-Tour’ was held at the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center ‘Sheraa,’ with the participation of 28 entrepreneurs.

Khalifa Fund is organizing the Pitch@Palace UAE and GCC editions in collaboration with his strategic partners Sandooq Al Watan Fund, British Petroleum, Abu Dhabi Global Market, START AD – New York University Abu Dhabi, Sheraa- Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center, Khalifa Innovation Center, Sia Partners.

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Polo Season Kicks Off with the Halloween Cup

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Polo enthusiasts witnessed an exciting first day of the Halloween Cup, a week-long tournament to officially open the polo season in the region. Guests cheered on their favourite teams whilst basking in the beautiful weather in picnic style as four teams competed at the grounds of Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.

The Habtoor Polo team emerged as the victors of the first match with Rhinos Polo having a final score of 7 – 4.5. The last match was concluded in a close battle between UAE / RA Polo and Mahra Polo teams with UAE Polo bagging the win at 7 – 6.5.

The Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club is a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community devoted to equine sports and is the home ground for the Dubai Polo Gold Cup Series. Check out the Polo Calendar 2018-2019 for upcoming international-standard polo tournaments or contact +97144362222 | contacts@alhabtoorpoloclub.com for more information on other events scheduled at the Club.

The Halloween Cup is sponsored by The Rising Sun, a full-scope shop fitting, joinery and turnkey interior furbishing provider that adheres to precise manufacturing specifications while remaining committed to prompt delivery.

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Nutanix Named a Leader in Hyperconverged Infrastructure by Leading Independent Research Firm  

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  • Nutanix receives the top ranking in current offering and market presence

Nutanix (NASDAQ: NTNX), a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced it has been named as a leader in “The Forrester Wave: Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Q3 2018,” published by Forrester Research, Inc. The report evaluated 11 vendors on Strategy, Market Presence and Current Offering, and Nutanix was positioned as a leader. Nutanix believes that these results, combined with its history of high rankings in analyst research, further solidifies its place as a continued market leader across enterprise cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure.

 

“We believe our position as a leader is a result of our strong product offering and commitment to providing our customers with the freedom they need to build their infrastructure and choose their cloud provider on their terms,” said Dheeraj Pandey, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Nutanix. “We couldn’t agree more with the Forrester report, which states that ‘hyperconvergence has evolved rapidly to reach the mainstream.  Flexible, integrated compute and storage infrastructure is central to a firm’s ability to do business in a marketplace with changing customer expectations.’ We are seeing enterprises of all industries embracing our solution, and we are proud to be a leader. We’ll continue to be hyper-focused on our customers, to enable their success and support their missions.”

 

The Forrester report shows that “Nutanix has maintained its position atop the HCI market with its innovation, R&D investment, strong sales momentum, partnerships, and acquisition of new customers from all segments and geographies.” Acquiring technology vendors like Calm, Minjar and Netsil earlier this year has enabled the company to attract new buyers.

 

In September, Nutanix announced its largest deal in company history. In August, Nutanix announced its Enterprise Cloud OS Hyperconvergence-based solution was certified for SAP HANA, and closed the acquisition of Frame.

 

The report further states, “[Nutanix] switched from solely offering an appliance to a solution with a software-only stack for certified hardware platforms, a strategy that has delivered results…. Nutanix has a clear, impressive road map for its product lines.”

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Back, & better than ever The Conares Golf Society League

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Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club were once again extremely pleased to welcome back a strong contingent of golf societies all vying to become the 2018-2019 Conares Golf Society League Champions.

After round one in the Conares League it was the societies of Sport 2 Business and Filipino Golfers in the Middle East who came out of the blocks fast. Both societies won each of their games taking the full 6 points on offer to top the league. Society of Sport 2 Business produced some fine golf to defeat the Mazimba Golfers Society and The Filipino Golfers of the Middle East saw off the challenge of the Kegs Golf Society. The other match on the day saw the newcomers to the GSL Emirates Gentlemen’s Golf Society have a tightly contested dual with The International Golf Society both winning a game each resulting in a draw both societies gained 3 points to start off their campaign.

As well as the matches, competitors had a chance to win day prizes for best betterball stableford score. In the opening fixture Dan Alforte & Vic Liwanag from FIGME claimed top spot with a total of 41 stableford points they both won 225AED pro shop vouchers each for their efforts. Second place was won by Dave Pinder & Neal White from Sport 2 Business, giving them both a 175 AED pro shop voucher each. Third place was claimed by Dave Minchin & Peter Donaldson also from Sport 2 Business receiving 125AED pro shop vouchers each. Final prize of the day for 4th place winning 75AED pro shop vouchers each was Ramli Sulaiman & Rajesh Chitti from The International Golf Society. Other registered GSL teams were also able to sign up & play alongside the GSL match fixtures for a chance to win the day prizes.

The Next round of the GSL will be hosted at SGSC on the 27th of October & will see the opening matches from the BMW & the World Wide Golf leagues. There will also be the day’s prizes up for grabs for the teams on a rest week & the Conares Leagues to get involved in. The 2018/19 Season looks to be one of the most competitive yet.

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The Justmop Experience Just Got That Much Sweeter

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  • Gifting Comes Early This Year As Customers Receive Baskets of Superior Cleaning Products
  • Special Blended Tea to Enjoy in Addition to a Spotless Home or Office

Having firmly established its reputation as the ‘go to’ option for cleaning services par excellence, justmop is giving back to its loyal customers this season.

By collaborating with the best in the business, justmop is enhancing their end-to-end customer experience that starts with a seamless, convenient, technologically advanced site where they can book the best available cleaner in just 60 seconds. Now their experienced and qualified team will be leaving a little more than just a spotless home or office.

Justmop has tied up with Persil and DAC to provide 18,000 lucky customers with the ultimate gift basket. Featuring some of the best cleaning products on the market including 1-liter bottles of multipurpose, bathroom cleaner, liquid laundry detergent, and a color catcher, the baskets follow the distribution of product samples to customers all summer.

The initial positive feedback received from customers to these samples and the gift basket prompted the team to go a step further and sweeten the deal even more. A special blend rose white tea, picked especially by the team at justmop will be left as a parting gift because as it says on the packaging, “Life’s too short to drink bad tea and come to a messy home. Don’t compromise.”

“The justmop experience isn’t just a gimmick—it truly exemplifies what we are all about. Going the extra mile, providing customers with the best service and ensuring that the dedication and outstanding level of care our staff is known for never wanes,” said Kerem Kuyucu, co-founder of Justmop.

“This can be verified by the number of positive five-star reviews we receive online and the handwritten notes and messages our staff gets from customers on a regular basis. There is nothing as valuable as customer feedback so the justmop experience is our way of saying thank you for your patronage and support.”

The company, which was founded in 2014, and has seen tremendous growth in 4 years including over 20 percent month-on-month growth in the last six months, places a lot of emphasis on training and staff empowerment.

A cleaners training and company offsite was recently held in Umm Al Quwain where all 200 of the Justmop cleaning squad were trained on how to effectively provide the justmop experience.

‘We have one simple rule in our company, and that is that we only employ the best members of staff,” said Ali Cagatay Ozcan, co-founder of justmop. “Once we identify and hire these members of staff, we treat and train them well, ensuring that they are well-informed, never overworked and most importantly empowered. This is why our turnover is low compared to other cleaning services.”

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Ducati UAE relocates to bigger state-of-the-art showroom

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  • Motorsports fans witness unveiling of Superbike Panigale V4 Speciale

 In its latest move to boost interaction among motorbike lovers and motorsports enthusiasts in the UAE, one of the world’s most attractive motorcycles brand, Ducati, announced the grand opening of its new showroom on Saturday (October 20, 2018) at Sheikh Zayed Road Exit 40 and unveiled its latest Superbike brand, the ‘100% Italian’ Panigale V4 Speciale during a special ceremony.

Revolution Accessories, the official distributor of Ducati in the UAE and a company owned by Abu Dhabi-based Al Masaood Group, marked the opening of the 4,000 square-metre showroom in a special event held in the presence of Ducati guests and fans from UAE and prominent Ducati riders from Italy. Visitors admired and enjoyed the range of display of the latest model of Ducati bikes and an exclusive range of merchandise, riding equipment, parts, accessories and other products. They also had the opportunity to take some exclusive demo rides while lucky visitors got the chance to win prizes during the raffle draw.

The Panigale V4 Speciale is displayed in the UAE showroom for the first time, Ducati’s Superbike brand hailed for its ‘100% Italian’ character in terms of performance and quality. The Panigale V4 is known to demonstrate Ducati’s technology excellence and innovative engineering solutions and is the first mass-produced Ducati motorcycle equipped with a 4-cylinder engine, closely derived from the Desmosedici of the MotoGP.

Joel O’Brien, General Manager of Ducati UAE said: “Today’s opening of our bigger showroom brings forward Ducati’s vision and strategy as a leading player in the world of motorsports. The growing interest in motorcycles and motorsports in the country has been astounding, and we are here to pave the path for a generation of motorcycle lovers seeking for a destination, guided by the values that Ducati is known for. This new location for Ducati signals the market that we are set to lead the race and become the best motorcycle showroom in the UAE as we continue to innovate and upgrade our service facility adjacent to the showroom. The state-of-the-art service center is matched by highly experienced Ducati technicians and mechanics that were internationally-trained to serve the bikers community in the UAE to ensure the highest levels of customer satisfaction.”

Filippo Esposito, Export Area Manager, Ducati Motor Holding, commented: “Ducati’s new home in the UAE is testament to the growing appreciation to motorsports and top-notch driving experience in the country. Al Masaood’s leadership in the local automotive sector and strong values on excellence perfectly resonate with Ducati’s which further boost its presence and make it the region’s most loved motorcycle brand.”

The new facility accommodates both the Ducati Service Centre and the showroom, which provides greater accessibility for Ducati owners and motorbike enthusiasts to a comprehensive display of Ducati apparel and other products under one location. The opening ceremony also witnessed the presence of team members from Ducati Italy Ms. Manuela Montanari and Mr. Filippo Esposito.

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SALT OF PALMAR: A Travel Movement Starts Here

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  • The first property from progressive new hotel brand, SALT, will open in Mauritius on 1 November 2018

Newly launched hotel brand, SALT, today announces its first property, the 59-key SALT of Palmar that will open on the east coast of Mauritius on 1 November 2018. A humanistic approach to hospitality for the culturally curious traveller, SALT takes its guests to people – not just places – connecting them to locals and their way of life, placing them in the action, not just beside it. SALT’s creator and CEO of The Lux Collective, Paul Jones, comments, “When deciding on the location for our very first SALT hotel it had to be Mauritius. An exotic, volcanic beauty drenched in history and modern culture, Mauritius has much to offer beyond its picture-perfect beaches, and its people are some of the most welcoming and passionate I have ever met. It’s a destination ripe for exploration too often overlooked by those who think it’s just for lazing on a beach. SALT of Palmar will be a gateway for discovering the real Mauritius, designed to disrupt those preconceived notions and attract a different type of traveller to the island.”

SALT guests will be immersed into the heart of Mauritian life, with the opportunity to connect directly with locals via Skill Swap. This means they exchange their time, talent & skills to the local people. Guests of SALT can also join our local suppliers and see their work or passion. From pottery with Janine at her Pamplemousses studio or early morning fishing with Kishor, to coaching the local football team with Fabrice or basket weaving with Mrs Bulleeram in Brisée Verdière – SALT has friends doing incredible things all over the island and guests are invited to share their passion.

In fact, every day is learning day at SALT, and the hotel’s local team and network of experts will show guests how they do things differently. Fancy helping out on the SALT Farm? Learning how to cook Mauritian Chicken Curry with our chefs? Mastering the maravanne rattle and moutia drum? Just sign up at the chill-out area.

Every guest will receive a copy of  THIS IS MAURITIUS – a new guidebook created by the talented locals who know the people and places that make the island tick. Maps, local SIM cards and the SALT app unearth the local knowledge on hidden gems. The hotel’s fleet of cool convertibles or bikes can be hired to explore nearby villages, temples and markets.

Recognizing the strong connections between people, plate and planet, and the fact that our food choices have a major impact on the health of the environment and our guests, SALT is committed towards Good, Clean and Fair food. Whilst our chefs are committed members of Slow Food International and part of Slow Food Chefs Alliance, Salt of Palmar is working closely with Slow Food International and Earth Markets Mauritius, their local official representative. SALT adheres to Slow Food Travel promoting ecotourism and providing all our guests a culinary journey, full of stories, traditions, flavours, and craftsmanship.

The  food philosophy will be fresh, local, homemade, seasonal and zero waste – simplicity is the key ingredient. With not a buffet in sight, the team of all-Mauritian chefs will design the daily-changing menus around whatever the farmers, fishermen and growers bring in that day. The on-site bakery will produce tempting bread, pastries, home-roasted African coffee, local teas and tropical juices. Artisan pickled vegetables and preserved fruits are sourced exclusively from local, organic farms; all made in small batches using only seasonal fruits and vegetables. In the kitchen, we look to simple, ancient cooking methods. The wok, the tandoor oven and the charcoal grill are the trinity, whilst smoking anything and everything to release and enhance flavours. Fresh fish reach the kitchen every morning within hours of being caught. And the SALT Farm, which cultivates hydroponic fruit and vegetables, will supply most other produce. Run in conjunction with Island Bio, a local NGO dedicated to empowering those in need via skill building programmes and training in agro-culture, the SALT Farm is a partnership based on a shared belief that fresh, high-quality food is the right of everyone.

SALT of Palmar will pulse to the rhythm of sega music, with up and coming local artists performing at the resort. Giving Mauritian artists a platform to reach an international audience. The hotel library will be the place to relax and explore, curated by a team of local authors who handpick the very best Mauritius- related literature, from fact to fiction, fantasy to folklore.

The SALT EQUILIBRIUM will come complete with a salt room, five treatment rooms and a team of local therapists offering a pick and mix of salt-based treatments to energise, relax, detoxify and rejuvenate. And a community of shared interests is just waiting to be created as guests come together for The Sunrise Run Club, sunrise salutations on the beach, meditation at Brahmakumari, dawn photography tour, hike & bike, yoga at the SALT Farm Shala and many more.

Guests can be confident that sustainability and environmental consciousness is at the core of the hotel. Simply by staying, they contribute to protecting and empowering local communities, creating opportunity and employment, and preserving the environment via the single-use plastic, bio-farming and zero-waste policy. The hotel will run regular beach clean ups, a farming school and ongoing training sessions for the community, all of which are open to guest participation.

The SALT of Palmar building is an iconic edifice that leads straight onto Palmar beach originally designed in 2005 by revered Mauritian architect, Maurice Giraud. It will house 59 rooms all overlooking sea, garden or the 25-metre lap pool, and is being transformed by Mauritian architect Jean Francois Adam in collaboration with French designer Camille Walala. Well-loved for her bold tribal pop style and show- stopping spaces, Walala scoured the island for inspiration and talent to cherry pick the very best local craftspeople to design bespoke pieces for the project to create a space that introduces a fresh, playful design concept to the island without distracting from its breath taking beach location and surrounding nature. Local will be found in every nook and cranny – from the homespun ceramics in the restaurant to the handwoven beach bags and all-natural toiletries in every room.

Mauritian General Manager, Raj Reedoy, commented, “SALT of Palmar is Mauritius’ most exciting new opening, but not just for visitors. Stripping out the formalities between guests and team members, the hotel has already brought together a diverse community of local people who feel so proud to be part of a Mauritian-run hotel that will truly champion the culture and heritage of their country. We are looking forward to opening the doors to the very best of Mauritius for our guests.”

Rates start from $200 per double room per night on a bed and breakfast basis

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Statement from the Russian Direct Investment Fund Relating to the Khashoggi Case

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Russian Direct Investment Fund welcomes the decisive actions taken by Saudi Arabia as a result of the official investigation of Jamal Khashoggi’s case to punish and prosecute those who are responsible for this tragedy.

RDIF strongly supports the process of transformative and historical reforms in Saudi Arabia undertaken by its leadership, including Vision 2030, which is of true significance for the Middle East and for the whole world.

RDIF and many of its partners will continue close investment cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to promote partnership and friendship among our great nations.

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