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Hyundai Nishat Motor (Private) Limited Opens digital Store in Karachi All-New IONIQ Hybrid car also unveiled

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After inaugurating its first 3S Dealer and Digital Showroom in Lahore, Hyundai Nishat Motor(Private) Limited (HNMPL) opens Digital Showroom at Emerald Tower, located in Clifton, Karachi as the first footprints on this
largest Metropolitan City before expanding them in the City and nationwide. HNMPL is also proud of introducing the All-New Hyundai IONIQ, Hybrid Car highly appreciated in the global market to Pakistan in the occasion of inauguration of this Digital Showroom.
The Digital Showrooms have been developed under the” City Store” Concept, which is a game-changer for the auto market,supplementing traditional showrooms with a convenient, fully digitalized retail experience. It is a new way for customers to explore and discover Hyundai, which HNMPL desires to make the most beloved car brand in Pakistan.
IONIQ is a Hybrid Car which realizes a powerful performance with less fuel consumption and lower emissions with its electric motor and 1.6L GDI 6-speed Automatic DCT (Dual-clutch Transmission). Apart from IONIQ to be unveiled, Grand Starex –MPV powered by a 2.4L Petrol engine with seating-capacity for 12 persons and Santa Fe – Luxury All-Wheel Drive SUV powered by a 2.4L Gasoline engine with seating-capacity for 7 persons are also displayed and available at the Digital Showroom. All these models are imported from Korea and covered by the industry’s most comprehensive Warranties in Pakistan for 4 years and/or 100,000 km, whichever comes first.
The world-leading automobile brand – Hyundai is aggressively expanding its 3S Dealer Network all over Pakistan, and more 103S Dealers are online to come up in 2019 in 8 major cities of Pakistan as the 1st phase, and more nationwide from 2020. Hence,the Hyundai customers will conveniently get all kinds of facilities like; Sales, Service, Spare-Parts, Official Warranties and other reliable offerings through its network. Moreover, company information can also be accessed, along with interactions and transactions, through digital connectivity.
HNMPL’s new manufacturing facility occupies 67 acres in Faisalabad with an annual production capacity up to 15,000 units,while creating thousands of jobs for economic progress. HNMPL is a joint venture company among three leading internationalbusinesses; Nishat Group, Sojitz Corporation (Japan) and Millat Tractors Ltd. Hyundai Motor Company (Korea) has partneredwith HNMPL with a vision to become the leading Manufacturer, Marketer and Distributor of automobiles in the country.Lifetime Partner in automobiles and beyond.

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Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority Collaborates with Mashreq Bank as Strategic Partner for Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus

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Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mashreq Bank on the sidelines of GITEX Technology Week 2019, the 39th edition of the biggest tech event in the Middle East and North Africa. The two-year agreement names Mashreq Bank as a strategic partner of DSOA’s wholly owned Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), the largest tech hub in the Middle East region.

Hans Christensen, Vice President at Dtec, and Aref Al Ramli, Head of Digital Banking and Innovation at Mashreq, signed the MoU in the presence of senior management from the two entities at Dtec’s stand #D10 in Za’abeel Hall 4 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Dtec’s members can benefit from Mashreq’s insights on financial management and banking processes related to financial practices, along with being introduced to Mashreq NeoBiz, the first digital business-banking platform in the UAE dedicated to SMEs – with the motto ‘Built for business’.  NeoBiz is one of the several digital propositions Mashreq has developed to adapt to a rapidly-shifting banking environment and changing customer demands in various segments. This reinforces Mashreq’s position as a digital banking leader in the UAE and a key player in the regional banking industry.

Furthermore, Mashreq Bank is mandated to sponsor and participate in several strategic events such as the monthly entrepreneur workshops and share its expertise to empower entrepreneurs and emerging businesses in the UAE.

Speaking on the partnership, Hans Christensen, said: “At DSOA, we are keen to collaborate with innovative organizations that are pioneers in their respective fields and can support our entrepreneurs. As the largest and oldest privately held bank in the UAE, Mashreq Bank is one of the leading financial institutions in the country. The bank’s distinguished status makes it an ideal partner in offering Dtec-based startups advice on running a profitable business. We firmly believe that fintech-focused startups that are currently witnessing a high uptake in the region will benefit from Mashreq Bank’s expertise.”

Aref Al Ramli, Head of Digital Banking and Innovation, Mashreq Bank, said: “From lending capital to technological access or providing the right advice to SMEs, it is evident that more needs to be done to ensure the growth of SMEs in the UAE. As the largest hub of its kind in the region, Dtec provides unparalleled access to startups and entrepreneurs. It also serves as an ideal hub to highlight the benefits of banking solutions geared towards SMEs such as our latest digital proposition NeoBiz. The new product leverages the latest technology and innovation, providing customers with solutions that bring value as well as enhance their convenience. Banking should not be a difficult experience for SMEs and at Mashreq, we remain highly committed to taking the hassle out of the process for entrepreneurs – by offering financial as well as advisory support to meet their needs.”

At GITEX Technology Week 2019, Dtec is participating in GITEX Future Stars, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia’s biggest event for startups. Through its participation, Dtec will support entrepreneurs in their bid to establish their business and see their innovations turn to reality.

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Dubai Land Department welcomes Saudi Minister of Housing

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A delegation from the Ministry of Housing in the KSA; headed by HE Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Minister of Housing; visited Dubai Land Department (DLD) and were welcomed by HE Juma bin Humaidan, Deputy Director General of DLD.

Bin Humaidan said: “We were pleased to welcomed our brothers from the KSA. The meeting we held with them aimed to exchange our shared opinions that focused on developing the prospects of cooperation between the two countries. It was also an opportunity to highlight our achievements and the important role played by DLD  in developing the sector and promoting Dubai as one of the best investment destinations in the world as well as enhancing DLD’s services and expertise to contribute to Saudi Vision 2030.”

During the visit, the Minister and his accompanying delegation were briefed on the best regulatory practices that are applied in the real estate field. DLD also presented the package of legislation it recently announced to stimulate investments and ensure the rights of all parties, including developers and investors.

The meeting, which was held at DLD’s headquarters, covered real estate development and its compatibility with housing programmes, in addition to means of cooperation and exchange of expertise in the field of real estate regulation and registration. The two parties also discussed strengthening cooperation between the two countries, specifically various aspects and fields related to the real estate sector.

The data archiving experience in blockchain algorithms was reviewed, whereby the visiting delegation expressed its admiration for the level of progress DLD achieved in this regard, specifically achieving the seventh position globally in real estate registration procedures. The visit came in light of the close cooperation between the two countries under the umbrella of the Higher Committee for Cooperation between the two sisterly countries.

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Dubai’s residential market to witness further softening for the remainder of the year, says Chestertons

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  • Apartment and villa sales prices were down 4% and 3% respectively in Q3; in the rental market, apartment and villa rates were down 1% Q-on-Q
  • Transaction volumes for completed and off-plan units up 45% Q-on-Q and transaction values increased in Q3 by 16% to AED8.52 billion for completed properties and 46% to AED10.48 billion for off-plan properties
  • Market recovery in 2020 will be supported by new government initiatives to boost demand and control supply

Sales prices in Dubai are expected to continue to soften for the remainder of the year, by up to 5% in some instances, while rental rate declines appear to be slowing with decreases of just 1% witnessed in Q3 according to the latest research from leading international real estate services firm, ChestertonsObserver: Dubai Market Report Q3 2019.

Continued pressure on Dubai’s residential prices and rates has been a result of oversupply, with an anticipated 50,000 new units expected to be delivered in 2019, a 150% increase on 2018 where supply topped just 20,000 residential units.

Nick Witty, Managing Director, Chestertons MENA, said: “As we anticipated, there were further sales price declines in Q3 for both apartments and villas due to excess supply and muted economic growth. The rental market proved to be more resilient however, with a marked slowdown in the rate of decline.

“We anticipate the 10-year residency visa, the economic stimulus package and perhaps, more importantly, the introduction of the new Real Estate Committee, which has the mandate to boost demand and control supply, contributing to a more favourable outlook in Q1 2020,” added Witty.

In the sales market, average villa prices were down 3% in Q3 while apartment prices witnessed a 4% decline from the previous quarter. In the villa market, the Meadows and Springs were resilient with no change and remained at AED850 per sqft, while Palm Jumeirah softened by 2% to AED1,927 per sqft. Arabian Ranches witnessed the highest decline in Q3 at 5%, with rates now at AED793 per sqft.  Prices at The Lakes and Jumeirah Park both declined by 3% to AED1,010 per sqft and AED804 per sqft respectively.

“The supply of brand-new properties, with their wealth of amenities, has resulted in older communities bearing the brunt with prices being lowered to compete for and attract end-users,” said Witty.

In the apartment sales market Business Bay, Downtown Dubai, Dubailand, Dubai Sports City and International City all witnessed very little change, declining just 1% compared to the previous quarter at AED1,000 per sqft, AED1,391 per sqft, AED700 per sqft, AED703 per sqft, and AED478 per sqft. In contrast, Dubai Silicon Oasis and Dubai Motor City saw the greatest declines of 12% to AED612 per sqft and 10% to AED 630 per sqft respectively.

Dubai Marina and the Greens, typically two of the best performing communities, both had more pronounced declines of 6% to AED 1,030 per sqft and AED849 per sqft respectively, a direct result of the current supply and demand equilibrium.

In the Emirate’s rental market, rates continued to soften in Q3, however the rate of decline has slowed with average villa and apartment rates softening by just 1%. This could indicate the rental market is beginning to recover, which could be accentuated further by the three-year rental freeze currently being explored by the Dubai Land Department.

Several apartment communities in Q3 had no movement in rental rates including Business Bay, Discovery Gardens, Dubai Silicon Oasis, JVC and Motor City with a two-bedroom apartment in each community renting for AED100,000, AED75,000, AED60,000, AED73,000, and AED90,000 per annum respectively.

The Views witnessed the largest decline in Q3 with an average 5% decrease with the studio format experiencing the most pronounced drop of 8% and now available for AED55,000 per annum. DIFC and The Greens saw rental decreases of 2% with a one-bedroom in DIFC available for AED95,000 denoting an 8% decrease, while a studio in the Greens is currently renting for AED50,000, a 9% Q-on-Q decrease.

“The decrease in rental prices in smaller units, in some locations, is indicative of tenants moving to larger properties that have become more affordable. This has resulted in landlords of smaller units reducing their rates to be more attractive to prospective tenants,” added Witty.

In the villa rental market, Arabian Ranches, The Springs, The Meadows, The Lakes, Al Furjan and Jumeirah Islands saw no rate change from the previous quarter, an indication rental rates in these locations have bottomed out, particularly when considering Jumeirah Islands, the Meadows, and Arabian Ranches, all witnessed declines of 11% in Q2.

The biggest villa rental decreases were felt in JVT and Victory Heights with an average Q-on-Q decline of 3% with a three-bedroom available for AED 112,500 and AED 130,000 respectively.

The volume of off-plan transactions rose by 45% and the value for the same category increased by 46% to AED10.48 billion – suggesting positive signs of recovery, however, this could be attributed to developers registering units on mass as they near handover in Q3.

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Bloom Holding Introduces Cutting Edge Smart Solutions

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Leading real estate development company, Bloom Holding has announced the implementation of an innovative “smart building” platform which will enable it to greatly increase a building’s operational efficiency and optimize overall energy consumption.

The Internet-of-Things (IoT)-based platform will enable Bloom Holding, through its facilities management arm,, to remotely monitor and control property assets. It generates a wealth of information that brings immense value to owners and tenants and the property management team, who service them. Owners and tenants will see benefits such as increased personalization options, reduced utility bills, a more seamless maintenance service and safer environment to live and work in.

As part of its part ongoing commitment to sustainability, Bloom Holding has worked in collaboration with Etisalat Smart Building Solutions and other experts to develop smart technologies designed to enhance the experience of owners and tenants through the creation of energy-efficient living and working environments.

In the first phase of implementation, the platform will be integrated in six of Bloom Holding’s buildings. The design of the company’s future residential and mixed-use developments will incorporate the platform at design stage in anticipation of the future introduction of 5G, which will open up further possibilities for technology-enabled management solutions.

Jeremy Lester, Acting CEO of Bloom Holding, commented: “Integrating smart technologies into our developments will enable us to bring immense value to our owners and tenants. Our residential and business customers and tenants will enjoy a more personalised experience, improved safety standards, and the benefits of saving on utility consumption and tapping into effective, real-time data that help drive their lives and business forward.

This initiative falls in line with our plans to develop sustainable communities that transform the way customers experience their workspaces and homes through technologies that support more energy-efficient environments and reduced energy consumption.”

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Abu Dhabi Digital Authority signs partnership agreement with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company aimed at developing Government solutions

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In line with its continuing efforts to enhance cooperation and partnership with leading ICT organisations to promote government digital services, the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA) has signed an agreement with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), one of the leading network operators in the UAE.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which was signed by Dr. Rauda Saeed Al Saadi, Director General of ADDA and Osman Sultan, CEO of Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company during GITEX Technology Week 2019, aims to strengthen the integrated system of government services through infrastructure development and use of innovative platforms.

As part of the agreement, EITC will offer innovative digital solutions that will pave the way for government entities and private organizations to enhance the efficiency of their operations, as well as elevate the integration of services across Abu Dhabi Government. The MoU also provides the framework for both parties to develop innovative technologies and platforms for promoting new business opportunities, digital services, pilot projects and other key areas of cooperation.

H.E. Dr. Al Saadi emphasized the importance of this partnership in realizing the digital transformation goals of the Abu Dhabi Government, developing the Emirate’s technology infrastructure, and strengthening Abu Dhabi position as a leading global hub for technological innovation.

She added: “Technology has become one of the key pillars of the UAE’s economic diversification strategy, and ADDA works in collaboration with government and private entities to develop cutting-edge technology solutions and initiatives designed to improve the government’s technology structures. Through our agreement with EITC, we will build an advanced digital system that offers practical, fast, high-quality and efficient solutions. This will enable government entities to function and process transactions more efficiently and thereby enhance their performance.”

Osman Sultan, CEO, EITC, said that the collaboration reflects EITC’s vision to deliver highly innovative solutions that boost its leading position in delivering the latest technology. This also reflects EITC’s credibility and renown as a trusted partner for government organizations as they carry out their digital transformation journeys.

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H.R.H. Prince Andrew lauds Khalifa Fund’s successful experience in supporting entrepreneurship and promoting traditional Emirati handicrafts

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We are proud of our many achievements, with activities extending out to more than 20 countries worldwide, says KFED Chairman Al Nowais

His Excellency (H.E.) Hussain Jassim Al Nowais, Chairman, Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development (KFED), welcomed the visit of His Royal Highness (H.R.H.) Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Founder of the Pitch@Palace initiative, to the Fund’s headquarters today (08 October 2019) in Abu Dhabi. During his visit, H.R.H. Prince Andrew was briefed on KFED’s successful experience in instilling and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship across today’s generation of young Emiratis and its continuing move to support the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE, including its Sougha program, which is aimed towards supporting the creation of local Emirati handicrafts.

In response, H.R.H. Prince Andrew lauded KFED’s rich and successful experience in supporting entrepreneurship and promoting a culture of innovation locally and internationally. He cited the Fund’s continuing efforts to contribute in the unified efforts aimed at supporting entrepreneurship and youth empowerment, not only in the UAE but also across the rest of the world.

He also praised the strong partnership that the KFED has maintained with the Pitch@Palace initiative and commended the Fund for its advanced capabilities, rich resources and highly skilled personnel, which are important drivers in spreading the spirit of leadership and promoting a culture of creativity among today’s youth.

H.R.H. Prince Andrew is currently in Abu Dhabi to take part in the closing ceremony of the third edition of the Pitch@Palace UAE edition, which will take place tomorrow (09 October 2019) at the Emirates Palace Hotel.

Meanwhile, H.E. Al Nowais shared that the KFED has achieved many achievements, including its success in increasing the importance of entrepreneurship across today’s younger generation of Emiratis, encouraging them to innovate and come up with new and creative ideas that can help drive in more growth for the local SME sector.

Al Nowais pointed out that KFED has helped in fulfilling the financing, technical and training needs of local entrepreneurs, resulting in them being able to start their promising and full of potential projects. To date, the KFED has funded more than 1,600 projects spanning across various sectors in the UAE.

He also said that under the direction and guidance of His Highness (H.H.) Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the KFED has been able to share its knowledge and experience with other countries, including the provision of key funding and technical support to 20 countries in the Europe, Asia and Africa regions

Al Nowais explained that the Fund is fully determined in supporting and promoting a culture of entrepreneurship while also helping to create an appropriate environment needed in unleashing the creative capabilities of the youth, enabling and empowering them to contribute to economic and social stability in the UAE and in countries benefitting from KFED’s funding and supporting initiatives.

During the visit, Mouza Al Nasri, Acting Chief Executive Officer, KFED, briefed H.R.H. Prince Andrew on the aims and objectives of the Fund, explaining that the KFED provides integrated and comprehensive programs that meet the needs and requirements of entrepreneurs seeking to establish or expand their investment activity, including training, development, profession rehabilitation,  provision of data and consulting services and the development of marketing based initiatives. She also shared that the Fund has approved to finance over 1,600 projects, falling in line with the Fund’s efforts towards social development.

Aisha Al Yousif, General Manager of Sougha Establishment, was also present at the visit and spoke about the establishment’s programs, which are aimed towards reviving UAE’s rich culture and heritage. The move helps enable local craftspeople into turning their talents and crafts into a viable source of income. She pointed out that Sougha works tirelessly in the move to promote and spread a culture of entrepreneurship in the UAE, taking special attention towards encouraging the use of innovation in the handicrafts segment.

H.R.H. Prince Andrew was later accompanied by Al Nowais and several KFED senior officials in viewing and inspecting some of the products being created by the Sougha Establishment. H.R.H. expressed how impressed he was at the world class quality of the products and their craftmanship.

Organizers of the Pitch@Palace global initiative have selected the KFED as their strategic partner for the Arabian Gulf editions of the competition. The Pitch@Palace UAE is the Emirati version of an international competition launched by the Duke of York, H.R.H. Prince Andrew in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2014. The competition is aimed at enabling qualified entrepreneurs and owners of innovative enterprises to showcase their projects and their needs, whether financial, marketing or management, development and other projects, at St James’s Palace in the UK in front of a set of businessmen and CEOs of prestigious companies to have the opportunity of supporting and developing their projects.

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First China-Arab film, TV distribution platform launched at China Film Week in Dubai

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  • Agreement signed at inaugural China-UAE Film and TV Industry Forum to promote cultural, technological and academic exchanges
  • Over 3,800 fans see China’s film stars sparkle on opening night
  • Red-carpet event marks 90 per cent increase in attendance on 2018
  • Screenings of 10 Chinese films at Roxy Cinemas sold out from 29 September to 5 October 2019

Hala China’s second “China Film Week in Dubai” set the stage for the launch of a new Chinese film distribution platform, witnessed record red-carpet attendance and featured sell-out screenings of Chinese films at Roxy Cinemas last week.

At the inaugural China-UAE Film and TV Industry Forum on 30 September, Hala China and Wisdom House Cultural Industry Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will connect companies in Dubai and China to promote cultural, technological and academic exchanges through conferences, events and activations.

Moreover, the forum witnessed a collaboration between Wisdom House Cultural Industry Group and China (Zhejiang) Film and Television Industry International Cooperation Zone – China’s first national film and television platform – that aims to enhance intercultural exchange with the Middle East by introducing films and TV shows from China into the region. The first three productions set for release are Eternal Love, a romantic fantasy starring Yang Mi and Mark Chao, which is also China’s most-watched tv series having reached over 50 billion, Red Flowers and Green Leaves, a love story exploring the fledgling romance of a Chinese Muslim couple, and Rubi, a 3D children’s animated TV shows.

Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Hala China, said: “The agreements signed and the future joint initiatives announced this week convey a clear and powerful message that the UAE and China are committed to taking significant strides forward together.

“In just one year, Hala China has redefined the relationship between the two countries. The pledges made, and the cultural and commercial activity that took place at China Film Week in Dubai are a testament to the success of our ambitious vision. We look forward to building on our achievements and coming back next year with an even bigger festival – the first-ever Golden Camel film awards ceremony.”

Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC), said: “The Chinese film industry has entered into an unprecedented ‘golden age’ and is predicted to become the world’s largest film market by 2020. Meanwhile, Dubai has continued to raise its profile as a one-stop-shop for all filming needs. We are excited to contribute to this growth and are determined to offer our partners a seamless access to Dubai’s world class infrastructure.

“Hala China has been instrumental in spear heading the efforts to bring UAE, China’s film industries closer. At the first edition of ‘China Film Week in Dubai’ we were able to forge a deeper collaboration between Dubai and China. Through sustained endeavours, such as these, we can continue to build on the leadership’s vision to build a stronger relationship between UAE and China.”

The opening night ceremony marked a 90 per cent increase in attendance compared to last year, as more than 3,800 Chinese film fans flocked to the red-carpet event at Hub Zero at City Walk on 29 September 2019 to see some of the biggest stars in Chinese film and TV launch the week-long event.

During the gala dinner that followed, Hala China presented awards to the artists and filmmakers from China in recognition of their contributions to the country’s film industry.

Throughout “China Film Week in Dubai”, Roxy Cinemas at City Walk and The Beach featured 10 major Chinese films, with each screening sold out to an eager and ever-growing Chinese film fan base in Dubai.

This year’s “China Film Week in Dubai” was supported by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, China Film Administration and Dubai Film and TV Commission, with the objective of showcasing the best of China’s thriving film industry to Dubai audiences.

Hala China, a joint initiative by Meraas and Dubai Holding, is a unique platform that seeks to enhance economic and cultural exchange between China and Dubai, drive Chinese tourist and investment inflows to Dubai, and boost industry cooperation in areas such as filmmaking, technology and tourism. Hala China also aims to bring to fruition projects that support China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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Dubai Asset Management Notches Up Another Digital First with Launch of App for Corporate Housing Clients

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  • New app enhances efficiency, convenience through providing easy access to 10 services
  • Platform facilitates corporates to centrally manage all the accommodation requirements of their staff

Dubai Asset Management, the owner and manager of one of the city’s largest portfolios of residential rental communities and a member of Dubai Holding, today announced the launch of a cutting-edge staff accommodation management app. The new interface of the DubaiAM Life platform targets corporate housing clients and accommodation managers across its 10 residential communities.

Aimed at adding value for corporate customers, the new platform helps them optimise their accommodation allocated to staff, enhance efficiency and facilitate staff welfare programmes. The first app of its kind in Dubai is tailored to suit different end user profiles, including large corporates and SME businesses that offer accommodation to their staff.

Corporate and accommodation managers can now view contracts, assign units to employees, transfer units between occupants, and manage the overall portfolio through the centralised app. In addition, the platform allows users to raise, track, and manage service requests for any unit within their remit, while an aggregated dashboard displays the entire pipeline of requests and other unit information. The app also offers updates on Dubai Asset Management’s community initiatives and events.

Speaking on the launch, Arif Mubarak, CEO of Dubai Asset Management, said: “We firmly believe in harnessing the power of digital technologies to enhance our overall customer experience. In line with our role as the partner of choice for local and international companies seeking to house their employees in Dubai, our pioneering app delivers added value through facilitating the management of their staff accommodation portfolios. Its user-friendly design and features reflect Dubai Asset Management’s deep-seated understanding of residential accommodation needs developed over 13 years of providing efficient corporate housing solutions.”

Offering seamless access to 10 services, the pilot version of the app received positive feedback from Dubai Asset Management’s corporate housing partners, including GEMS and Sofitel. Users commended the simplicity of the interface, ease of completing transactions, and the ability to efficiently manage units and requests.

A spokesperson at Sofitel, said: “The portal is easy to use and saves time. We especially appreciate the option to report maintenance issues that also allows us to book a technician at our convenience at the same time.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson at GEMS, said: “The app reinforces Dubai Asset Management’s commitment to its corporate customers and provides accommodation managers with all the relevant information at our fingertips.”

In line with the Smart Dubai 2021 strategy, Dubai Asset Management is advancing digital integration to enhance efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. In March 2019, the company announced the rollout of phase one of the first paperless property rental experience in the emirate in partnership with Smart Dubai.

Dubai Asset Management is committed to creating enriching living experiences and trusted, long-lasting relationships with the residents of all communities that it owns and manages, enabling them to truly make Dubai their home.

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Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi Hosts 4th IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders’ Meeting in UAE Capital

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  • Convenes more than 350 species conservation experts from around the world in Abu Dhabi to enhance global action for biodiversity
  • To run from 6 to 9 October

Under the patronage of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD), the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today opened its four-day Leaders’ Meeting in the UAE capital.

The conference has brought together more than 350 conservation experts, including the IUCN Secretariat and other IUCN commissions, Red List authority coordinators, UAE-based conservationists, SSC partners, as well as members of academia. During the meeting that concludes on 9 October, leaders will seek to produce a declaration emphasising conservation action for species as a shared responsibility, and calling on countries to adopt and implement an ambitious and effective post-2020 global species target.

In her opening address to a gathering of world-renowned species conservation experts, Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of EAD, hailed the emirate’s long-standing partnership with SSC.

Her Excellency said: “This initiative demonstrates the incredible power of cross-country collaboration to create environmental impact – something SSC knows a great deal about. After all, conservation transcends borders – and it is our collective responsibility to work together in securing a future for the next generation and beyond.

Hosting the meeting reaffirms EAD’s mission to preserve the quality of life, while raising global awareness on current environmental challenges, climate change, conservation, sustainability, and the need for transparent regulation to safeguard the environment and its endangered species.

She added: “At a time when some are questioning the very existence of the environmental threats that are damaging our Earth, we must work to provide unbiased evidence that empowers sound decision-making for the sake of our planet.”

With over 9,000 volunteers contributing to IUCN SSC activities across 161 working groups, this week’s meeting aims to further strengthen vision, strategy, collaboration and teamwork for improving the status of species globally.

Highlighting EAD’s progress in improving environmental quality, Her Excellency Dr Shaikha Salem Al Dhaheri, Secretary General of EAD, said: “EAD continues to make significant efforts to conserve the region’s rich biodiversity and preserve the quality of life for all our people. Our work to protect terrestrial and marine biodiversity now covers almost 30 percent of land and sea areas in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.”

She added: “Our scientists have discovered several species over the years, the most recent are new types of Digger Wasps, which were sighted just last week at the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve and in Wadi Maidaq in Fujairah.”

Her Excellency said: “There are numerous initiatives for us to be proud of, including the Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction Programme, which helped bring the beautiful species back to its historical home in Chad.”

Dr Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of IUCN Species Survival Commission, said: “The meeting will cover four productive and intense days of networking, articulation, learning from past experiences, as well as improving skills, exploring how best to measure the effectiveness of SSC actions on biodiversity conservation and apply the outcomes of that process to improve and guide our future work.”

The agenda includes plenary discussions that address success stories in species conservation, ways to expand conservation planning, strengthen sustainable use of biodiversity and envision the future role of the SSC network.

“This meeting helps ensure that species conservation efforts across the IUCN network and the world are evaluated and expand the capacity of specialist groups and IUCN members to asses-plan-act for conservation, in order to achieve the goal of assessing 160,000 species by 2020 and decrease the number of species threatened with extinction,” added Dr Jon Paul Rodriguez.

The event will also comprise discussion and training sessions covering a range of topics, including the 2021-2024 IUCN Species Strategic Plan, engaging on international treaties, species monitoring, wildlife health, conservation genetics, as well as species conservation translocations, human-wildlife conflicts, and invasive species.

The shared responsibility to conserve Arabian species will also be addressed during the Leaders’ Meeting and provide an opportunity for UAE-based environmentalists and conservationists to share EAD’s efforts in species conservation.

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