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London halal app plans to become eBay of Muslim world

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The app designed “for Muslims by Muslims” includes prayer times, Islamic quotes, reminders, faith-based daily passages, a halal food finder and social messaging.

London-based halal-friendly app Ummah has turned to e-commerce to help it become the eBay of the Muslim world.

The app designed “for Muslims by Muslims” includes prayer times, Islamic quotes, reminders, faith-based daily passages, a halal food finder and social messaging.

Now it has launched its new feature ‘Ummah Online Marketplace’ where users can buy and sell products online within a “halal and ethical environment” in a bidding style similar to US e-commerce platform eBay.

“We want to be the next eBay… Buyers want the opportunity to bid on items hoping to get them cheaper, or even trade items that benefit both parties,” an Ummah spokesperson said.

The free of charge app currently has 20,000 users and is available on App Store and Google Play.

The Islamic economy has seen a surge in products designed to cater to the modern Muslim across a vast range of sectors from modest fashion and beauty, to halal tourism and Islamic finance.

It is believed to be one of the world’s largest untapped economies and fastest-growing faith-based economy. In 2017 alone, around 1.8 billion Muslims with a median age of just 24 years spent $2.1 trillion, according to the latest State of the Global Islamic Economy Report.

By 2060, the population of Muslims is expected to grow to 3 billion, according to projections by the Pew research center.

Here we go with the app links:

Official Website: Ummah

App Store Download Link: Ummah

Google Play Download Link: Ummah

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As construction contracts get more complex, our new report shows you how to protect your interests 

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With construction disputes on the rise, it is vital that contractors understand how to protect their interests. Our study explains how to get to grips with sweeping changes to standard contracts commonly used in the UK and the Gulf region.
The 20-page report titled ‘Construction Claims and Defence’ also looks at global claims, a means of getting compensation in a dispute even when the circumstances aren’t crystal clear.


Our managing director, Michael Gallucci, says: “The construction sector in the UK is awash with disputes and legal claims. A healthy reaction to that is that organizations are increasingly using standard contracts that are better suited to a higher value, collaborative projects. Figures suggest an increase in the use of NEC and FIDIC contracts with use of JCT contracts declining. Having said that, these are complex instruments made even more complex in the way they can be interpreted and implemented by different jurisdictions and in different contract agreements. The comprehensive update to the FIDIC Yellow greatly extends its coverage and makes it even more important that contractors and engineers have comprehensive and well-managed programs in place.”
The report outlines the changes to FIDIC. It includes sections on concurrent delay principles and implied terms regarding prevention. The report explains when and how to make a claim under the contract and when to claim for breach of contract. It also looks at the extension of time assessments, claims for additional payment for prolongation and claims for disruption and acceleration costs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SDPI, Chinese think tanks to promote green BRI policies

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Pakistan’s leading think tank ‘Sustainable Development Policy Institute’ (SDPI) and Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA), China and All-China Environment Federation (ACEF) have agreed to promote green Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) policy and practices and improved communication between Chinese overseas projects with local stakeholders in Pakistan. They will facilitate implementation of higher Environment Social Governance (ESG) standards in Chinese Overseas Projects in Pakistan.

Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) is an independent, nonprofit, global campaigning organization and All-China Environment Federation ACEF is a nationwide non-profitable civil society organization (CSO) in the field of environment. A delegation from GPEA and ACEF recently visited SDPI to have a face-to-face talk with local stakeholders.
Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI said the purpose of this collaboration with Chinese research institutes is to bridge the research communication gap between the two countries, especially in the areas of CPEC, energy and climate change. He said language is a major barrier in terms of research and publications, which can be bridged through translation of work in both countries. SDPI offered solutions on issues around CPEC, debt trap, trade and climate change. These are the areas where collaboration with Chinese think tank and civil society organizations can be fruitful. The way Chinese is leading the environmental conservation and climate negotiation, after backing out of Trump administration from the Paris-Agreement, is commendable, he remarked.

Ms. Li Ai Project lead, Greenpeace East Asia (GPEA) said GPEA is working on fighting climate change, stop toxic pollution, ensure food security and defend the oceans. She said GPEA with the help of its partners is helping the Chinese government in promoting sustainable green development in their energy infrastructure projects, especially in the BRI projects. For that in 2018, GPEA and ACEF jointly initiated the ‘Green Belt and Road Environment Leadership’ project to promote the communication of green BRI policies and ESG implementation in Chinese overseas projects.
Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor Chemicals said SDPI explored the possibility of joint research proposals and programs in the areas of climate change, clean energy, environmental assessment of CPEC projects, sustainable development (inclusive growth), Chinese overseas investment, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and environmental challenges including air pollution.

Mr. Wang Jiajia, Project coordinator (ACEF) said ACEF with its network of local civil society organization is promoting social environmental protection rights of the public and sustainable development in different Chinese projects in China and BRI countries. He said green BRI projects can help promote sustainable development in the region and the globe.
Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI said Pakistan and China has signed revised Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which not only liberalizes more tariff lines for both countries but also there is provision for environmental goods. This shows that both countries respecting the natural resources and environmental endowments in the region. He said SDPI has established a dedicated unit of China Study Center to help the government on both side in providing research support to promote green development in CPEC and BRI projects.

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Goldgenie gives 10% to charity in run up to Eid al-Adha week

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UK/Dubai based 24k Gold customisation and luxury Gift company, Goldgenie announces cash back offer for charity.

Goldgenie, a 24k Gold customisation and luxury gifts  company has announced for every sale from their shop  which includes 24k Gold Roses to a spectacular luxury iPhone XS range, they will either donate 10% of the sale to a charity of the customers choice, or give that same amount as a “cashback” to the customer to donate as they see fit in the run up to Eid al-Adha which starts on August 11th and ends August 15th 2019.

In 2009 Goldgenie launched “Bling with Benefits” which raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charities such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Goldgenie founder Laban Roomes said “A lot of people will never be able to justify paying in excess of £3,000 for a 24k Gold iPhone but, if 10% of this amount can go to a charity that can help feed, clothe or provide invaluable medication to someone that is less fortunate than themselves then at the end of the day they have made a positive impact in someone’s life and hopefully without the guilt associated with purchasing a high value luxury gift for themselves or a loved one”.

The company which launched in Harrods after getting investment on the BBC hit T.V show Dragons Den show in 2007 from ex Dragon James Caan has gone on to supply luxury gifts for media giants Viacom, The Oscars and EMMY awards in Los Angeles not to mention the recent opening of their “must see” Goldgenie luxury gift retail store in Jumeriah, Dubai.

Laban Roomes goes on to say “The support from HNWI from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait not to mention the local Emirate people who we would like to especially thank has been overwhelming. We would like to give back 10% of the retail price of any purchase of our luxury customized iPhone XS models or our range of 24k Gold Roses from our website, to a charity of their choice. If there is no charity that comes to mind we will give them a 10% cash back to help bless someone they personally know, who may also be someone that is not as yet being recognised for the amazing work they are doing in their community.

you can visit Goldgenie website for more details.

About Goldgenie

Founded in 1995 by award-winning entrepreneur Laban Roomes, Goldgenie is the world’s premier gold customisation and luxury gift brand, invested in by James Caan, on the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den show in 2007. The company has established itself as the go-to customization service for a number of blue-chip organisations and celebrities – including Amex, VISA, HTC, BlackBerry, Lexus, Rolls Royce, The Beckhams, Will Smith, Usain Bolt and Elton John  – Goldgenie is also a global leader in support of ethical gold mining.

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+44 (0) 208 804 6200

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ArabClicks, Basma Media sign collaboration accord to establish largest Arab digital marketing network

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Aimed at launching wide prospects for collaboration between influencers, Arab publishers & regional and international e-commerce platforms

ArabClicks, the performance-based e-marketing platform, has signed a joint strategic cooperation agreement with Basma Media, the developer of, to build effective relationships and foster business connections between publishers and social media influencers on the one hand, and various e-commerce platforms operating in the Arab world on the other hand, thus laying the foundation stone for the largest digital marketing network in the Arab region.

The agreement was signed by ArabClicks Co-founder and CEO Mauro Romano, and Nasser Al Sarami, CEO of Basma Media, at the latter’s HQ in Dubai Media City.

Basma Media is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art platform in the Arab region that offers users invaluable insights into a wide spectrum of multichannel media, advertising, PR and digital services, and connecting users with a global network of media industry professionals, experts and service providers.

According to the agreement, Basma Media will work with various publishers, media professionals and social media influencers in the Arab world to familiarise them with the mechanism employed by ArabClicks and then connect them to the Platform. The intent is to benefit from the media content provided by these publishers to promote commodities and products, marketed across Arab e-commerce platforms, such as Noon, Namshi, Sivvi, Java, eBay, Tajawal, and other e-commerce networks, and benefit from sales commissions resulting from the purchasing transactions conducted by the readers and followers of those media professionals and influencers of any of the products exhibited via their e-media content.

ArabClicks Co-founder and CEO Mauro Romano said: “We are delighted to partner with Basma Media to reach out to the largest segment of media professionals and influencers in the Arab world. Through the partnership, we seek to capitalise on the exponential growth of e-commerce which has become a key business sector in the Middle East, where ArabClicks is supporting and assisting various businesses in enhancing their market share of the steadily growing electronic sales in the region.”

“With its innovative marketing tools based on transforming web content into a potential source of revenue, ArabClicks provides assistance to e-commerce companies to enhance their reach to various segments of society and to grow in the Middle East market, therefore, helping publishers do business and make easy money through web links, seamlessly and without introducing any changes to the published content or disturbing site users in any way,” Romano added.

Nasser Al Sarami, CEO of Basma Media, said: “Over the past years, we have been investing in establishing integrated database and communication channels addressing both digital and traditional media. We offer a wide spectrum of multi-channel media services and connections with a large network of media industry professionals worldwide. Similarly,  ArabClicks is one of the groundbreaking ideas introduced in the field of e-marketing. We are proud of this partnership that is aimed to build the largest e-marketing network in the Arab world by fostering business connections between influencers and publishers and linking them to e-commerce platforms.”

“Over the past two years, we have been working at Basma Media to strengthen “” platform with as many databases as possible for the benefit of media organisations and influencers. Today, the platform incorporates a database of more than 10,000 influencers and around 35,000 geographically diversified influential media people in addition to 3,000 free-lance gifted innovators working in various media production fields as well as 23,000 titles for various media products representing seven different types of mass media covering 35 countries all over the world, a record which makes us one of the key and largest media references on the Arab and international levels. And that’s the reason it would be easy for ArabClicks to deliver its message through OMNESMEDIA in a successful way to the benefit of all parties concerned, including influencers and publishers as well as brands & rights holders and e-commerce platforms,” he added.

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Shopping fiesta and ‘Mall Millionaire’ promotion awaits residents for summer Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD) sales

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Line Investments & Property LLC managed malls to offer incredible deals across Abu Dhabi and Al Ain

Line Investments & Property LLC this week launches the ‘Mall Millionaire’ activation, a mega shopping fiesta with incredible deals across eight malls in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain from June 18th to 3rd August 2019 as part of the summer offers in collaboration with Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) for Retail Abu Dhabi (RAD).

Highlight of the ‘Mall Millionaire’ competition will offer shoppers AED 1.5 million worth of prizes with weekly draws of AED 50,000/- and a mega prize of 1 million at the end of the summer sales with other instant prizes.

Mr. Wajeb Al Khoury, Director of Line Investments and Property LLC said, “Our retailers are looking forward to participating in the popular summer RAD promotions that provide incredible offers, rewards and discounts for UAE residents and visitors alike. Summer Is when most people spend indoors and our malls ensure there are enough events, shows and activities to indulge in for visitors of all age groups.”

The malls under the Line Investments & Property portfolio will further enhance the 47-day long summer sales with exceptional shopping experiences combining action packed entertainment shows, back to school offers, mall events and attractive prizes.

The participating malls in the 47-day festival include the Al Wahda Mall, Mushrif Mall, Khalidiya Mall, Al Raha Mall, Mazyad Mall and Souk Madinat Al Zayed in Abu Dhabi plus the Barari Outlet Mall and Al Foah Mall in Al Ain.

To become a ‘Mall Millionaire’, shoppers who spend AED200/- in the mall can present their receipts to the customer service and their entries will be sent to them digitally via email and SMS.

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Fabula Jewels Curates Special Eid Gift List

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Fabula Jewels, the Arab homegrown jewellery brand, has specially curated a gift list for loved ones this Eid. Founded in 2015 by best friends, Darine Abu Salim and Saada Domloge; Fabula Jewels aims to narrate stories through their delicately crafted pieces which are known for being highly customisable as well as made in three gold finishes with certain pieces featuring rare, precious stones and glittery diamonds.

Receiving a piece of jewellery is one of the best things in the world! Add the joyous occasion of Eid to it – and it’s the best surprise one could ever get. In lieu of Eid, Fabula Jewels have specially picked pieces from their various collections to bring you a comprehensive guide of the best trinkets to gift your loved ones.

And with an offer of 20% off on selected collections – now is the perfect time to add to your jewellery with precious additions from Fabula Jewels.

Best Necklaces:

Oval Stars Locket

Starts at AED 3200

Inspired by the lockets that our grandmothers used to have, the oval stars locket is meant to symbolise heirloom pieces that were passed down generations. Staying true to the aesthetic of customisation, Fabula Jewels allows you to engrave the inside of the locket with a message, date, or name and make it your own.

Moon Phase Gold Choker

Starts at AED 2100

A piece from the newest magical collection, Moon Phase – the gold choker features the various phases of the mystical moon from its crescent to the full moon. Customisable in three different gold types, you can alter the length of the choker to fit your needs.

Bubbled Coin

Starts at AED 1900

Fabula Jewels is known for a pretty selection of coin necklaces which can be customised with letters for the buyer. You can customise it with the initial of your loved one and buy it in two different gold types with the choice of a thin or thick chain. The bubbles around the coin add to the retro feel of the necklace.

Best Rings:

Skinny Diamond Ring

Starts at AED 1500

The superior ring for the superior kind of woman. With delicate diamonds set in glimmering gold – buy your mother, wife or even yourself a new kind of elegance with the skinny ring. Perfect for stacking with other rings, or wearing alone – this piece of bling can accentuate any outfit, and is suitable for the starry nights.

Leo Constellations Ring

Starts at 1650

For the woman who likes to wear her personality – the Leo Constellations ring would fit right in. The rings are a part of the Constellation collection so where you’re an Aquarius, Taurus, or Virgo – you are bound to find your ring and matching necklace. The rings are delicately crafted in 18K solid gold with 0.18 carat diamonds.

Love Ring

Starts at AED 750

Show your mother how much you love her…literally. The Love Ring is skillfully framed and absolutely beautiful. You will be spoilt for choice between rose, yellow and white gold to decorate your mother’s fingers. Available in 11 sizes, there’s the perfect fit for every mother.

Best Bracelets and Bangles:

Heart Beat Bracelet

Price available upon request

A perfect gift for new mothers in Eid get the moment you heard your child’s heart beat immortalised in the form of a bracelet. Fabula Jewels offers personalisation of the bracelet as per the heartbeat patterns of your angel. Framed in 18K gold and with three gold choices – you’ll be spoilt rotten on which colour to pick. Pick all three if you can’t decide!

The Engravable Bangle

Starting from AED 1600

With three sizes, and three different 18K gold types, the engravable bangle can be customised with whatever you choose. Engrave your little angel’s birthday on it, or the date you got married – the possibilities are endless with this trinket.

Horoscope Bracelet

Starting from AED 750

Nothing is more personal than wearing the zodiac sign of the month you were born in. Fabula Jewels allows you to choose your zodiac sign, and have it carefully crafted in 18K gold with three different gold types. Your personality will shine through these bracelets and will last you a lifetime as they will never tarnish


Fabula Jewels is available on and Fashion Vault in Dubai, Boutique17 in Abu Dhabi and Harvey Nichols in Kuwait. Orders placed through the website are shipped worldwide.

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Pearl Initiative Rolls Out Second Phase of Governance in Philanthropy Programme

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The Pearl Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extend their partnership to enhance the effectiveness of giving across the Gulf Region

The Pearl Initiative, the leading non-profit organisation promoting a corporate culture accountability and transparency in the Gulf Region, announces the launch of the second phase of its Governance in Philanthropy programme.

The programme was launched in August 2017 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as a one-year initiative to promote the value of good governance practices in philanthropy and their role in enhancing the effectiveness of giving in the Gulf Region.

The research report released from the first phase titled, “The State of Governance in Philanthropy – Gulf Region”, highlights that evaluating and reporting on the impact of philanthropic initiatives remains a challenge for the regional ecosystem. While most Gulf-based institutional donors undergo some form of impact assessment, the Pearl Initiative’s research indicates that the ecosystem requires further training to ensure that their philanthropic efforts create their intended impact.

The objective of the second phase of the programme is to address these challenges and promote the adoption of improved governance practices in philanthropy through the delivery of practical workshops, case studies and knowledge-sharing discussions.

Further, the Pearl Initiative launched the “Gulf Business Philanthropy Circle”, bringing together leading corporate and family business donors from the Gulf Region to address opportunities and challenges in their philanthropic endeavours. The Circle’s ultimate goal is to strategically drive the agenda of institutional giving in the Gulf Region.

Commenting on the programme objectives, the Pearl Initiative’s Executive Director, Yasmine Omari, explains: “With increasing philanthropic capital in the region, we have an immense opportunity and responsibility to optimise the effectiveness of the sector. This programme demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to fostering a culture of accountability and transparency not only across the Private Sector, but also across philanthropic organisations in the Gulf Region.”

Founded in 2010, the Pearl Initiative develops programmes and publishes regional research reports and case studies, with aims to influence the regional business and student communities towards implementing higher standards of corporate governance within the Gulf Region.

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