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STME Suggests Shift to Opex as to Meet Cyber Security Challenges

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STME, the Middle East’s leading IT solutions provider and systems integrator (SI), sates that one of the top challenges in the managed security services (MSS) market is redesigning a client’s budget from a capex (capital expenditure) to opex (operational expenditure) and setting expectations correctly within those budgets. But, in the current cyber security landscape according to a Norton Cyber Security Insight Report, the opex model is fast becoming a necessary tool against cybercrime.

However, building a managed service opex model is no easy task, especially for vendors and suppliers as they need to include a pricing model that would allow for scaling without the need for renovation or changes in the client’s basic infrastructure. The opex model generally promotes the use of virtual solutions that are the best for scaling up over hard ware investments, and licensing models which can be customized according to customer requirements and the vendors class. “Promoting an opex model is challenging for the partners as they bear the costs of the managed service infrastructure which can be recovered in payment instalments. But the opex model ensures that clients have flexible resources to respond to the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape,” commented Ayman Al Bayaa, CEO, STME.

Allocating resources for cybersecurity is essential for the smooth functioning of business organizations, but requirements vary across businesses and industries. Therefore, implementing a one-size-fits-all cybersecurity solution will most likely not be successful or useful. As such the first step is to assess the client’s requirements and assist with understanding these so that the appropriate solutions are found. To do this, STME has developed services and consultancies which monitor the industry trends and landscape including government policy and regulation so that clients can be advised on the best solution from the numerous products available in the market.

“Because of the numerous products available in the market, the business opportunities in conjunction with growing cyber security threats and an evolving security landscape are immense. However, with all these opportunities there is much confusion on which could be the best solution or way forward,” noted Al Bayaa. STME also differentiates their managed service solutions by providing expert pre-sales, and after-sales services. “Offering clients the services of an expert during the installation and transitional phases of a product would help in its smooth functioning, thereby providing good change management,” explained Al Bayaa.

Another challenge that professionals at STME face is in discussing solutions with clients, some of whom have a set idea of which product they want even though it may not be appropriate for their needs, or are not ready to relinquish their grip over resources and allow outsiders to manage critical core tasks like security. “. After all, the role of system integrators like STME is to enlighten the customer about all available options and technologies.”

At STME the different types of threats and other security challenges are analyzed for insights on what kind of skills and products are mostly needed. As in most other branches of technology, almost always there is more than one way to achieve the same objective, but having these insights on hand ensures the best route to success is paved.

The services and consultancy adds to the technical expertise of the professionals at STME, so that clients can realize their ROI when using managed services versus hiring large in-house teams and going through the hoops of specialized training on wide spectrum of products. It is through developing strong and capable staff and partnerships with vendors and suppliers that STME recorded phenomenal growth in the managed security services sector of their business offerings. Having developed a successful formula, the company plans to enlarge its portfolio of products, and services, to reach more clients in the Middle East.

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Online Shopping During Ramadan Increases by 43%. How to Shop Safely and Avoid Being Hacked

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NordVPN offers advice for shop online shopping in order to avoid hacking and data theft

Facebook released a case study that says Facebook users in the Middle East and North Africa spend extra 57.6 hours using the platform during Ramadan. The traffic peaks around 3:00 AM, the study found. Overall, the usage of Facebook increases by 14.8% during the month of Ramadan, and by 36.9% at night.

It has been revealed that online purchases, mostly driven by mobile, increase overall by 43.2% during the month of Ramadan, and by 78% at night. Such companies as L’Oreal or fashion retailer Splash offer special deals during Ramadan, targeting Muslim countries.

Facebook has around 172 million mobile users in the region and aims to use this increase in visits to help brands reach more consumers.

Twitter has also disclosed that many users of the platform were going online to find special Ramadan shopping deals, besides regular tweets about daily routines, shopping, and health.

However, shopping online has its own dangers, such as theft of credit card information and hacking.

“Online shoppers should be careful about sharing their credit card information online if they are using an unprotected Internet connection,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN. “Globally, almost half of consumers who shop online experience fraud. There are many ways online shopping can become hazardous to any user. For example, a shopping website may be a spoofed fraudulent website set up by hackers to steal data. Or the online store where one shops may not be using a secure encryption protocol to ensure that their customers’ details are safe during the payment process.”

In order to stay safe when shopping online, there are simple tips everyone should know about. NordVPN, a VPN service provider that helps secure online experience, advises to follow these simple steps:

  1. https

The first thing you should always see while making an online payment is whether the payment gateway has an https URL. The ‘s’ in the URL means that it is a secure protocol and your data is encrypted properly.

  1. Be wary

Being vigilant can help you a lot in the task of shopping online securely. Whenever a website requests for more information than is usually required, like your Social Service number or any other kind of personal information, it usually spells fraud. You should always be cautious before giving your personal or financial details anywhere on the Internet.

  1. Stay away from public terminals

It cannot be stressed enough how dangerous it is to share your personal or financial information with any website or any person over the Internet while using a public internet connection. Public Wi-Fi networks are common hunting grounds for attackers and data snoopers who try to access your personal information and use it for their benefit at your expense. Since public networks have negligible security, you should try and avoid using them while making online payments. If you must make online transactions while using a public network, you have to use a VPN to stay safe.

  1. Use a VPN

VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) encrypt the data you between your computer and the VPN server, virtually hiding your web browsing activity. They are the best security mechanism you can employ to make sure the data you share over the internet is safe from prying eyes and remains confidential. NordVPN is one of the most advanced VPNs on the market that uses the latest encryption protocols. From the moment a user turns on NordVPN, their Internet data becomes encrypted. It becomes invisible to third party snoopers or hackers.. Being based in Panama, which does not require data retention or storage, NordVPN keeps no user logs.

  1. Stronger Passwords

Perhaps the most basic requirement for any online account set-up is using strong passwords. Weak passwords make it simple for hackers to break into your account and cause severe damage. It’s always advised to change passwords in order to stay safe online, and that means having to use a unique password for each site or account. 1Password allows a family to share passwords, credit cards, and other sensitive information. The app remembers everything, keeps the data safe and signs one into their favorite sites with one click.

The popularity of online shopping should not make consumers less cautious. The methods listed above can help anyone shop online securely. If something looks out of the ordinary and the deal looks too good to be true, it’s important to be very careful before clicking on suggested links.

For more information about staying safe online, visit NordVPN.com.

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UAE First Regionally and Seventh Globally, According to IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2018

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Mohammad Bin Rashid: Our competitiveness journey is an accelerating one, and it only makes us more determined to reach the highest ranks

UAE is number one globally in 23 indicators including “Government Decisions” and “International Talent”

  • UAE is the only country in the region to be among the top 10 in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2018
  • UAE maintained its leadership in the region and moved up three ranks from 2017’s position
  • UAE moved up 21 positions in 7 years from 2011 till 2018
  • Mohammad Bin Rashid: We have the determination, we have the talent, and we have the resources. Being Number One suits our nation
  • Mohammad Bin Rashid: UAE’s experience is a regional one that led to a top global rank. An experience of determination and success that is open for all the Arab nations. We will continue in enhancing our business environment, our infrastructure and our resources, because we want a better life for our people and all the residents in the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates came in first rank regionally and seventh rank globally in global competitiveness. That is according to the latest edition of the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2018, published by the Swiss based Insatiate of Management Development (IMD) that was unveiled today. According to the report, the UAE out-performed advanced economies such as Sweden, Norway and Canada and has jumped 21 ranks between the years 2011 and 2018.

According to the report, the UAE came first globally in various indicators such as “Government Decisions”, “Public-Private Partnerships”, “Employment” and “International Talent”. The UAE also came second globally in “Business Efficiency” factor, and third globally in “Diversification of Economy”, “City Management” indicators, forth in “Energy infrastructure” and “Development and Application of Technology” indicators.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai stated that the UAE’s experience is a regional one that led to a top global rank. An experience of determination and success that is open for all the Arab nations. We will continue in enhancing our business environment, our infrastructure and our resources, because we want a better life for our people and all the residents in the UAE.

His Highness added that UAE’s competitiveness journey is an accelerating one, and it only makes us more determined to reach the highest ranks, stressing that we will continue in the competitiveness race and we will not settling for anything less than being number one globally. His Highness concluded by saying” We have the determination, we have the talent, and we have the resources. Being Number One suits our nation.

Emirati Leadership

The IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2018 is comprised of four key factors, 20 sub factors and 340 indicators that cover all the major areas of a nations competitiveness in social, administrative, business economic topics that also include government efficiency, education and innovation. In the Economic Factor, the UAE moved from fifth globally in 2017, to third globally in 2018. It also retained its fourth global rank in the government efficiency factor.

On an indicator level, UAE held a number of advanced position in various indicators such as International Trade (1st globally), Employment (3rd globally), and International Investment (10th globally). UAE also achieved high ranks in a number of indictors such as first globally in Employment as a percentage of population, 3rd globally in Diversification of Economy, 5th globally  and Export Growth and 6th globally in Youth Unemployment (lack of). The UAE also achieved number one in Quality of Air Transportation and Public-Private Partnerships. The UAE also came 2nd globally in Cyber Security, 3rd globally in Management of Cities, Maintenance and Development and 4th globally in Energy Infrastructure and Application and Development of Technology.

Government and Business Environment

In the Government Effeminacy factor, UAE maintained its 4th rank globally as well as achieved the No 1 rank globally in eight indicators, such as “Government Decisions”, “Immigration laws”, 2nd globally in “Adaptability of Government Policy” and “Lack of Bureaucracy”, 3rd in “Ease of Doing Business” and 4th globally in “Labor regulations”.

As for the Business Efficiency, UAE kept its 2nd rank globally and achieved the first rank globally in 7 of its indicators such as “Overall productivity”, “Industrial Disputes (Lack of)”, “Labor force percentage of total population”, “International Experience” and “Attitudes Towards Globalization”. UAE also came 2nd globally in “Entrepreneurship”, “Digital Transformation”, “Changing Market Conditions” and “Agility of Companies”. The UAE achieved 3rd globally in “Opportunities and Threats” and 5th globally in Use of big data and analytics.”

Commenting on this year’s performance, Her Excellency Reem bin Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State of International Corporation and Chairwoman of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, said: “Under the guidance and direction of the UAE wise leadership, which is built on the continued and sustainable investment in human development and national talent, adoption of innovation and the non-stop development and improvement for the UAE economy; UAE has proven the effectiveness of its comprehensive developmental strategy that its government entities is implementing.”

“We wish to congratulate the UAE leadership and people for this great achievement and comment the collaborative efforts of all the local and federal government entities that worked hand in hand, in support of UAE international competitiveness and the progress it made this year,” added Her Excellency.

Malik Radwan Al Madani, Director of Competitiveness Strategy Deferment at the FCSA added that “No single entity alone can enhance competitiveness performance. It is the result of a collaborative effort between all the relevant local and federal government entities, through the commitment in the constant improvement of performance, the launch of impactful programs and initiatives that aim to extend services to businesses and individuals, thus, moving the nation’s competitiveness scale and contributing to the countries journey to become one of the best countries in the world by the year 2021.”

Global Rankings

In an analysis prepared by the Competitiveness Strategy at the FCSA showed that this year’s top 10 position was highlighted by extensive movement between competing economies. Most prominently, was the United States of America taking over Hong Kong as the Number 1 most competitive country. Hong Kong moved to 2nd followed by Singapore which moved up to number 3. The Netherlands captured the 4th place moving ahead of Switzerland that moved back to 5th and Denmark to the 6th place. UAE moved up to 7th place ahead of Norway, 8th, Sweden 9th and Canada 10th.

 

The IMD World Competitiveness Center, a research group at IMD business school in Switzerland, has published the rankings every year since 1989. This year 63 countries are ranked.

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Al Bustan Centre & Residence successfully holds a Blood Donation campaign

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The hotel apartment aims to raise awareness on the importance of blood donation and support the UAE’s excellent blood banking system

As part of its Responsible Awareness Program, Al Bustan Centre & Residence, the popular hotel-apartment among tourists and businessmen in the heart of Dubai, recently organized a blood donation campaign in association with Dubai Blood Donation Center, committed to providing a safe and adequate supply of blood to all DHA Hospitals and private hospitals in Dubai.

Senior management, employees and the staff came forward to fulfill the humanitarian cause and a total of 23 units were collected.

Moussa El Hayek, Chief Operating Officer of Al Bustan Centre and Residence, said: “Blood is vital for life and there is no substitute for it. In the UAE, one in every four patients brought to the hospitals are in urgent need of blood. We, at Al Bustan Centre & Residence, understand that clinics and hospitals constantly require reliable blood supply for a wide range of circumstances. Since blood can be acquired only by donation, this is our small effort of giving back to the society and to make a difference to someone’s life. And of course, it is associated with a feel good factor knowing you have helped change a life. It was an extremely easy and safe process and we look forward to holding more drives as such in the near future.”

A healthy individual can donate a pint of blood containing red blood cells every 56 days or double red cells every 112 days. There are four types of transfusable components that can be derived from donated blood. These are red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Normally, two or three of these components are produced from a pint of donated whole blood; hence each donation can help save more than one life.

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Middlesex University Dubai partners with GEMS Education

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  • Scholarships and Grants are now available for students from the GEMS Global Network

Middlesex University Dubai is pleased to announce the partnership with GEMS Education which provides Scholarships and Grants for students graduating from their high schools within the GEMS Global Network, applicable from the academic year commencing on 23 September 2018.

This partnership with one of the leading education providers in the UAE will see a minimum of 150 Scholarships being awarded to students and employees of GEMS Schools, each academic year. These include Academic Excellence Scholarships, GEMS School Grants and GEMS Education Employee Grant. All GEMS students are also eligible for the Middlesex University Dubai Academic Excellence Scholarship which is awarded based on academic merit and eligible students could receive up to AED 90,000 towards their tuition fees.

Within the GEMS School Grants, students from GEMS Global Network who are not eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship will be awarded an AED 20,000 School Partnership Grant by the University to enrol for the International Foundation Programme and the Undergraduate Programmes. Students eligible for the Academic Excellence Scholarship will be given an additional AED 5,000 School Partnership Grant over and above the scholarship awarded.

Also, under GEMS Education Employee Grant, children of GEMS Education employees who are not eligible for any scholarship or grant outlined will be awarded a Corporate Engagement Programme (CEP) Grant of AED 20,000 on IFP and undergraduate programmes.

GEMS Employees can also receive 20% Grant on tuition fees for all post graduate programmes, and teachers from GEMS School are eligible for a 25% Teacher Grant for MA Education and BA Early Childhood Studies Programmes.

Commenting on the strategic partnership, Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, Director and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Dubai said: “At Middlesex University Dubai, we are committed to partner with entities that share the same values with us, and place students’ goodwill and interest at the highest priorities. We are pleased to be partnering with GEMS Education, a highly-regarded quality private education provider in the region.”

He further added, “Through this collaboration we hope to place quality UK education within the reach of every student graduating from the GEMS Global Network, opening up windows to endless potentials and possibilities.”

Christophe Savard, Vice President – Career and Future Employment Architect at GEMS Education, commented: “The primary goal of GEMS Education’s UniConnect programme is to increase collaboration between our organisation and post-secondary institutions, and to prepare young adults in their transition from secondary to tertiary education and beyond. Our partnership with Middlesex University Dubai helps us achieve this goal, and we are pleased to be able to offer our students these exclusive scholarships and opportunities.”

Meet Middlesex University Dubai at the GEMS CONNECT EdEx 2018 – UniConnect UAE Community Info Session, Networking & Workshops on Saturday 2 June from 9am to 2pm at GEMS Wellington, Al Khail, Dubai UAE.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mdx.ac.ae/prospective-students/scholarships-and-grants/gems-schools.

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STYLES TO INSPIRE YOUR IFTAR LOOK

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  • Enjoy 60% off all abayas and chic modest fashion during Ramadan

Dress to impress this Ramadan for Iftar and Suhoor with leading e-commerce site Wadi and receive up to 60% off on chic and stylish abayas and modest fashion. This unbelievable sale on 200+ fashion items will run throughout the Holy Month ensuring there is a beautiful ensemble for everyone this season.

The Ramadan collection starts at just AED 100 and goes through to AED 600 with a huge variety of colours and fabrics. Wadi’s fashion team has pulled out its favourite pieces:

The Carnation maxi dress is available in a gorgeous deep grey for AED 330. Abayas are available in an array of flattering colours such as light peach, electric blue and soft beige starting at AED 130.

With more than 500+ sellers to be found at Wadi.com, the online marketplace sells a wide range of items in fashion for men, women and children, cosmetics, consumer electronics, fragrances, kitchen appliances, home and décor, as well as toys. To browse the online store, please visit http://www.wadi.com/, for customer service please dial 800 HI WADI, and say hello on social media – Twitter: @Wadi / Instagram: @Wadi / Facebook: @Wadi

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ENOC Group offers UAE Nationals energy scholarships in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University

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ENOC Group announced the start of the application process for a post graduate Master’s Degree in Energy from Heriot-Watt University in Dubai.  The ENOC Energy Scholarship programme will provide four UAE Nationals, two of which will be ENOC employees and two external candidates with an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree, covering tuition fees for selected candidates.

The inaugural MSc in Energy program will offer young UAE Nationals the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skillsets needed to meet the challenges of, and develop opportunities within, the energy industry. Students who complete the scholarship programme successfully will be offered an opportunity to join ENOC, where they will experience working in the energy sector, and develop an understanding of key principles such as energy efficiency, resource management, and sustainable best practices in the UAE’s energy landscape.

His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, said: “There is a growing demand in in the energy industry for innovative solutions to create a new, sustainable energy future, especially in the UAE. At ENOC, we aim to support national talent within our organisation and in the UAE to achieve their career goals through the pursuit of higher education.”

ENOC employees who have completed a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, with a major in any of the following disciplines – Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy, Environment and Sustainability – and have worked with the Group for at least four years, can apply for the programme.

Professor Ammar Kaka, Provost, Heriot-Watt University Dubai campus and vice principal (Dubai), said, “We are delighted to be partnering with ENOC for this excellent initiative. Giving the opportunity to support Emirati students who will receive a world-class education here at Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus. Having strong relationships with industry leaders, such as ENOC, is fundamental to our Heriot-Watt University’s ability to support the UAE’s vision for a sustainable future.

External applicants who are currently in their final year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Engineering in any of the disciplines – Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy, Environment and Sustainability are eligible to enrol in the programme.

Over the years, ENOC has established various workplace activities, including training programmes that focus on the employee’s professional development. Some these include business etiquette, office productivity and time management. Other training programmes are focus on energy conservation and auditing.

Prospective candidates can apply for the scholarship by visiting the ENOC portal : https://scholarship.enoc.com and completing the online application process. Applications for the scholarship will close on May 30, 2018.

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ENOC Group offers UAE Nationals energy scholarships in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University

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ENOC Group announced the start of the application process for a post graduate Masters Degree in Energy from Heriot-Watt University in Dubai.  The ENOC Energy Scholarship programme will provide four UAE Nationals, two of which will be ENOC employees and two external candidates with an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree, covering tuition fees for selected candidates.

The inaugural MSc in Energy program will offer young UAE Nationals the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skillsets needed to meet the challenges of, and develop opportunities within, the energy industry. Students who complete the scholarship programme successfully will be offered an opportunity to join ENOC, where they will experience working in the energy sector, and develop an understanding of key principles such as energy efficiency, resource management, and sustainable best practices in the UAE’s energy landscape.

His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, said: “There is a growing demand in in the energy industry for innovative solutions to create a new, sustainable energy future, especially in the UAE. At ENOC, we aim to support national talent within our organisation and in the UAE to achieve their career goals through the pursuit of higher education.”

ENOC employees who have completed a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, with a major in any of the following disciplines – Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy, Environment and Sustainability – and have worked with the Group for at least four years, can apply for the programme.

Professor Ammar Kaka, Provost, Heriot-Watt University Dubai campus and vice principal (Dubai), said, “We are delighted to be partnering with ENOC for this excellent initiative. Giving the opportunity to support Emirati students who will receive a world-class education here at Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus. Having strong relationships with industry leaders, such as ENOC, is fundamental to our Heriot-Watt University’s ability to support the UAE’s vision for a sustainable future.

External applicants who are currently in their final year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Engineering in any of the disciplines – Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical, Energy, Environment and Sustainability are eligible to enrol in the programme.

Over the years, ENOC has established various workplace activities, including training programmes that focus on the employee’s professional development. Some these include business etiquette, office productivity and time management. Other training programmes are focus on energy conservation and auditing.

Prospective candidates can apply for the scholarship by visiting the ENOC portal : https://scholarship.enoc.com/application-process and completing the online application process. Applications for the scholarship will close on May 30, 2018.

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Celebrate the Gift of Giving this Ramadan with BurJuman

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  • Extend a helping hand by donating clothes to the Red Crescent as part of the mall’s Ramadan celebration
  • Engage in traditional activities such as henna painting and calligraphy throughout the Holy Month

Celebrate the forthcoming holy month of Ramadan in all its reverence at BurJuman. Through a partnership with the Red Crescent, the mall is inviting its customers to help those less fortunate and in need by donating clothes; this activity also supports the ethos of the Year of Zayed, which commemorates the values of the UAE’s founding father who laid great emphasis on giving.

Commencing the first day of Ramadan and running into Eid, shoppers can help by donating unused and old clothing (in a good state of repair) via easily accessible donation points. All collected items will be given to the Red Crescent UAE to be distributed to families in need.

“BurJuman is an integral part of its local community, and strongly believes in giving back to the society we are a part of. The Holy Month of Ramadan is about embracing the gift of giving, and even the smallest donation can make a big impact,” said BurJuman Management “We look forward to working with the Red Crescent Society again this Ramadan and helping them in their charitable endeavours.”

Shoppers are also invited to experience and embrace the true spirit of Ramadan during the Holy Month – the mall will be decorated with beautiful Ramadan-themed elements to mark the occasion. From 7pm to 10pm each night, indulge in Arabian culture at the mall’s Main Atrium where visitors can have an Arabic Calligrapher write their name or have their hands adorned with intricate designs with Arabic Henna Art. Younger members of the family can experience the Holy Month and exhibit their creative flair in the Arts and Crafts Corner.

Break your fast at one of the many diverse restaurants or with complimentary coffee and dates provided at the mall’s main atriums. You can also visit Bateel to shop for delicious dates. The exquisite chocolates from Patchi will also be a great addition to your Ramadan shopping list.

During Eid Al Fitr, between 4 pm to 11 pm daily, visitors can also explore the festive activities at the mall with an artist creating masterpieces in sand bottles, storytelling that will enthral the audience and face painting for kids. In addition to these, between 25 May to 18 June, shoppers spending more than AED 200 at BurJuman will enter a raffle to stand a chance to win AED 250,000 in cash and luxury gifts as part of the Dubai Shopping Malls Group’s Eid in Dubai Spend and Win promotion. Winners will be announced during the three day celebration of Eid Al Fitr.

BurJuman’s retailers and food court will also follow extended opening times during Ramadan. For more information on all of the activities, F&B outlines and retail experience during the month of Ramadan, please visit www.burjuman.com.

A dynamic mix of retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues makes BurJuman the ideal destination to spend quality time with your family during Ramadan and throughout summer.

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Dubai Police to participate at IIA International Conference Dubai in effort to maintain world-leading safety

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  • Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri explains how A.I. and cyber security are vital to reducing crime

Dubai Police has announced that it is delighted to participate at next month’s Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Conference 2018 in Dubai.

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the three-day conference from May 6 to 9 will see some of the world’s leading business names address topics concerning artificial intelligence, cyber security and business disruption.

Many of the topics and speeches at the IIA international conference will have crossover interest to Dubai Police. With the emirate recently named one of the world’s safest destinations, during the Conference topics such as cyber security, digital disruption and artificial intelligence will correlate with Dubai Police’s and Dubai Government’s strategy.

Dubai Police will also be represented on the higher committee of the conference to ensure all security requirements are facilitated and to ensure effectiveness.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said: “Dubai’s ranking as one of the world’s safest cities is a source of great pride, and we must continue to innovate and tackle new types of crime. Internal auditing, particularly in areas of A.I. and cyber security, helps us to achieve our target of reducing crime rates in 2018.

“Dubai Police has begun applying A.I. methods to target criminal activity, which is why understanding the internal audit process is of such great importance. Participants will benefit greatly from attending these sessions at the IIA International Conference.”

Dubai Police will also take part in the spectacular gala dinner to close the conference, showing its support with performances by the Dubai Police Band and Dubai Mounted Police horse division as well as a display of its famed patrol supercars.

Held at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, this will be the first time the IIA International Conference has been in the MENA region. An estimated 3,000 auditing professionals from more than 100 countries are expected to attend the 70 sessions.

VIP speakers will include HE Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy; and Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties.

Other speakers include Abdullah al-Rowais, Chief Audit Executive, Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily); Claudia Olsson, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum; and the ‘youngest A.I. scientist in the world’ Tanmay Bakshi.

The international conference will focus on the key areas of auditing from best practice to the major challenges facing both public and private sectors, as well as raising awareness about the importance of internal auditing to help organisations achieve their objectives.

Attendees will have access to a number of educational sessions on current and emerging issues and trends, ranging from business sustainability, information security, and governance to risk, fraud, and corruption. It will also present industry best practices in addressing common challenges, as well as knowledge-sharing opportunities.

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