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UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF:H.H Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, we are pleased to announce SILVER CUP 2019

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Nine of the world’s best Polo teams and players have confirmed their participation of the Silver Cup 2019.

Abu Dhabi Polo Team: (Patron) Faris Al Yabhouni

Bin Drai Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Bin Drai

Dubai Wolves: (Patron) Habtoor Al Habtoor

Desert Palm Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid AlBwardy

Ghantoot Polo Team: (Patron) Sheikh Falah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Habtoor Polo Team: (Patron) Mohammed Al Habtoor

Mahra Polo Team: (Patron) Rashid Al Habtoor

UAE Polo Team: (Patron)Her Highness Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Zedan Polo Team: (Patron) Amr Zedan

Final Day Program:

12:00 pm Gates Open (Shopping Village, Kids Area & Picnic Area)

13:00 pm Hildon Subsidiary Cup

14:20 pm Entertainment Show and Games

14:40 pm Riding School Parade

14:55 pm UAE National Anthem

15:00 pm Silver Cup Final

17:00 pm Trophy Ceremony

General Admission: FREE

Public Parking: FREE

VIP Field Park: AED 150 (inclusive of VAT)

Silver Lounge table booking: AED 1500 minimum spend + VAT

Picnic Baskets:

AED 500 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) non-alcoholic

AED 800 inclusive of VAT (4 pax) including Bubbly

Asado Polo Brunch: call 435 4444 for booking

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Jaguars take 188-run, first innings lead over Pride; Red Force under pressure against Hurricanes; Volcanoes, Scorpions in titanic battle

All three matches in the West Indies Championship seem headed for intriguing finishes after play on Sunday.

Veteran left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul helped bowl front-runners and four-time defending champions Guyana Jaguars to a 188-run, first-innings lead over the star-studded Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval on the third day of the third round of matches, leaving the visitors to decide overnight if to enforce the follow-on.

Meantime, Rovman Powell, the WINDIES One-day International captain for the Tour of Bangladesh last month, snared two scalps to leave the Windward Islands Volcanoes pursuit of 287 for victory delicately poised against the Jamaica Scorpions in their day/night contest at Sabina Park.

And, first innings century-maker Montcin Hodge fashioned an unbeaten half-century to follow up a four-wicket haul from irrepressible off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, as Leeward Islands Hurricanes left Trinidad and Tobago Red Force to chase 342 for victory at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.

Jaguars (548) vs Pride (360) in Bridgetown, Barbados

Permaul spearheaded the Jaguars’ attack with 4-124 from 35 overs, but Dowrich defied the Jaguars’ attack with the top score of 81 that included 11 fours and two sixes from 113 balls in close to 2 ½ hours at the crease and Carter supported with 68 decorated with nine fours from 127 balls in 3 ¼ hours of batting.

The pair shared 141 for the fifth wicket, as the Pride, resuming on 33 for one, batted the entire day before being dismissed on the stroke of the close, leaving Jaguars’ captain Leon Johnson and management overnight to decide on the follow-on and their bowlers to get a good night’s rest.

Pride consolidated early through a 73-run, second-wicket stand between WINDIES Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite with 43 and their captain Shamarh Brooks with 34 – but they slumped to 123 for four before Dowrich and Carter came to the rescue.

The home team were set back however, when they both fell in the last 20 minutes before tea and it was left to WINDIES Test and ODI captain Jason Holder with 44 and the lower order to keep them afloat.

Scorpions (210 & 189) vs Volcanoes (113) & 176-4 in Kingston, Jamaica

Volcanoes captain and Test batsman Kirk Edwards was not out on 35 and former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Kavem Hodge was not out 15, carrying the fight for the visitors to collect the remaining 110 needed for victory into the final day.

Former WINDIES Under-19 batsman Roland Cato hit eight fours in 54 from 144 balls and veteran left-hander Devon Smith made 44 in a second-wicket stand of 68 that gave the Volcanoes a strong start to the chase.

But they were both swept away, along with WINDIES batsman Sunil Ambris before the close to leave the run chase in a shaky position.

Earlier, a 52-run stand for the seventh wicket between Assad Fudadin and Aldaine Thomas failed to inspire the Scorpions and they were bowled out before the interval.

Fudadin ended with the top score of 48, Thomas made 31 and the remaining batsman offered token resistance only.

Josh Thomas was the most successful Volcanoes bowler with 4-44 from 19 overs.

Hurricanes (425 & 168-6 dec) vs Red Force (252) & 26-0 in Tarouba, Trinidad

Test batsman Kyle Hope was not out on six and former WINDIES Under-19 left-hander Jeremy Solozano was not out on 16, as Red Force made a resolute start to their chase.

But they were put under further pressure following an unbeaten 77 from opener Hodge.

He struck 10 fours from 131 balls in nearly 3 ¼ hours, putting on 43 for the third wicket with Devon Thomas and 39 for the sixth wicket with Cornwall, who made 22, before the Hurricanes declared, leaving themselves about 40 minutes before the close to bowl at the Red Force.

Earlier, Cornwall ended with 4-73 from 37 overs and WINDIES fast bowler Alzarri Joseph finished with 3-80 from 17 overs to help bowl the Hurricanes to a 173-run, first innings lead.

Solozano was the Red Force top-scorer with 80 and a string of small partnerships helped to push the home team to a respectable total.




Thursday, December 6 to Sunday, December 9

Volcanoes lost to Jaguars by 125 runs – Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, St. Lucia

Pride lost to Hurricanes by 34 runs – Three Ws Oval, Barbados



Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16

Pride beat Scorpions by 41 runs – Three Ws Oval

Hurricanes lost to Jaguars by nine wickets – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua

Red Force lost to Volcanoes by 76 runs – Brian Lara Cricket Academy


(All matches start at 10 am daily, except where indicated)


Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Red Force vs Scorpions – Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad


Friday, January 4 to Monday, January 7

Scorpions vs Volcanoes – Sabina Park, Jamaica (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Hurricanes – Brian Lara Cricket Academy

Pride vs Jaguars – Kensington Oval, Barbados


Thursday, January 10 to Sunday, January 13

Scorpions vs Red Force – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Volcanoes – Guyana National Stadium, Guyana (9:30 am start daily)

Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Hurricanes vs Pride – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground


Thursday, January 17 to Sunday, January 20

Jaguars vs Hurricanes – Guyana National Stadium (9:30 am start daily)

Red Force vs Pride – Brian Lara Cricket Academy (2 pm start daily)

Volcanoes vs Scorpions – National Cricket Stadium, Grenada


Thursday, January 31 to Sunday, February 3

Hurricanes vs Scorpions – Warner Park, St. Kitts (2 pm start daily)

Red Force vs Jaguars – Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad

Pride vs Volcanoes – Kensington Oval


Thursday, February 7 to Sunday, February 10

Jaguars vs Scorpions – Guyana National Stadium

Pride vs Red Force – Kensington Oval

Volcanoes vs Hurricanes – Windsor Park, Dominica


Thursday, February 21 to Sunday, February 24

Hurricanes vs Red Force – Warner Park

Scorpions vs Jaguars – Sabina Park

Volcanoes vs Pride – Arnos Vale Sports Complex, St. Vincent


Thursday, February 28 to Sunday, March 3

Scorpions vs Hurricanes – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Pride – Guyana National Stadium

Volcanoes vs Red Force – Arnos Vale Sports Complex


Thursday, March 7 to Sunday, March 10

Scorpions vs Pride – Sabina Park

Jaguars vs Red Force – Guyana National Stadium (2 pm start daily)

Hurricanes vs Volcanoes – Vivian Richards Cricket Ground

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Record International Participation at NAVDEX 2019

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  • Event held concurrently with the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX)
  • Participating naval units increases 66% and the area allocated for shows increases 20%
  • More than 100 exhibitors from 23 countries

The next edition of NAVDEX 2019, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, will witness a record number of international and local participant companies specialised in the maritime defence industry.

Held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) concurrently with the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) from 17-21 February, the number of participating military units for NAVDEX is expected to increase by 66 per cent to 20 units from 15 countries. Displays will range from frigates, supply vessels and transport vessels to naval minehunters and naval patrol boats.

The 2019 edition will also see the participation of four countries for the first time including China, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and South Korea.

A transportation shuttle will link events held in the free port area, where large ships will dock, and the exhibition site and marine channel. This edition will also open the ships for visitors wanting to climb aboard the ships to learn about their capabilities.

NAVDEX, the most important maritime defence exhibition in the Middle East, is expected to showcase the most advanced maritime defence systems in addition to displaying marine defence units and equipment. More than 100 companies will be on site to present their most sophisticated products to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the exhibition for deals and partnerships between international companies.

His Excellency Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of Higher Organising Committee of IDEX and NAVDEX 2019, said: “The significance of NAVDEX as an international exhibition specialised in maritime defense is steadily increasing. The maritime defence sector is witnessing rapid development in terms of modern innovations and advanced technologies that compels   professionals and personnel in this strategic sector to stay informed of the latest developments and technologies in maritime systems and equipment.  NAVDEX offers that opportunity”.

His Excellency added: “We look forward to this larger version of NAVDEX with wider international and local participation that reflect the extent of developments by the UAE defence industries, now one of the leaders of this field in the region thanks to the support and directions of the UAE wise leadership”.

For his part, Hamid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), said: “As part of ADNEC’s strategy to promote the status and future of all exhibitions and the conferences organised and held by the company at its various centres, ADNEC has worked on placing appropriate emphasis on the development of NAVDEX by expanding and developing the infrastructure of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre marine channel to increase the space allocated for presentations by 20 per cent to reach approximately 40,000 square metres. This allows us to provide an ideal platform for participating companies to display their products and meet their needs, both in the exhibition halls and through ADNEC marine channel.

Al Dhaheri added: “The unprecedented interest shown by specialised global defense firms to participate in the upcoming editions of NAVDEX is the outcome of our comprehensive strategy which involved intensive marketing efforts to promote the exhibition at major international events. This has helped us attract several international companies that will mark their debut participation or expand presence in the forthcoming edition.”

Al Dhaheri also noted that NAVDEX is a real platform to showcase the latest products in the maritime defense sector due to its great global interest and the participation of various delegations and dignitaries, such as leaders of armies, decision-makers and those interested in maritime affairs in most countries of the world.  This is reflected positively by the participation of our exhibitors and adds value to this vital sector.

NAVDEX 2019 is sponsored by a group of national companies specialised in the defence industry, most notably the Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC), the strategic partner of the IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 exhibitions, in addition to the Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company (ADSB), the main partner of NAVDEX 2019.

Held on over 133,000 sqm. of internal and external area, the 2019 edition of NAVDEX and IDEX are expected to be the largest in their history as IDEX is set to mark its silver jubilee. It is worth noting that the previous edition saw the participation of more than 1,235 participating companies from 57 countries and produced concluding deals valued at more than AED19.7 billion.

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“We want to be this first in the field and Rolex should be seen as the one and only – the best.” – Hands Wilsdorf

“He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex.” – Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

For more than a century, Rolex stands apart as the most coveted and most legendary brand of watches in the world. A Rolex connotes many things: the quintessence of the luxury timepiece, a tool of power for movers and shakers, the symbol of passage into adulthood. New labels pop up, styles come and go, but the brand at the top never changes. Ever the record setter—the Daytona that had belonged to Paul Newman was auctioned by Phillips in New York in October 2017 for $17.8 million—it comes as no surprise that Rolex is the most collected watch label in the world.

The history of Rolex is rooted in the visionary spirit of its founder, Hans Wilsdorf. In 1905, young Wilsdorf founded a company in London for the distribution of timepieces, but his true dream was to produce wristwatches—in their infancy at the time, and not very precise—that would be technically durable and reliable, and supremely elegant. The company first concentrated on producing the highest quality movements, and this quest for precision rapidly led to the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, granted by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne in 1910. Four years later, Kew Observatory in Great Britain awarded a Rolex watch a class A certificate, a distinction that had been previously reserved exclusively for marine chronometers. From that date forward, the Rolex wristwatch has been synonymous with precision. Over the last 100 years, Rolex milestones include: the first waterproof watch, the first self-winding mechanism, the first wristwatch to fly over Mt. Everest, the first diver’s watch waterproof to 100 meters, the first to withstand magnetic fields of 1,000 gauss, the first to descend the Mariana Trench.

Selected by specialist Fabienne Reybaud, each of the exceptional Rolex watch models in this beautiful handcrafted Ultimate Collection volume showcase the most valuable and technically innovative models the luxury watchmaker has produced, including watches never seen in print before: From the first wristwatch dating to the early 1900s and the first Oyster Perpetual from 1931, to an Explorer worn during Sir Edmund Hillary’s expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953 and the Submariner worn by actor George Lazenby in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, they are sure to astonish collectors the world over.

Since 1993, Fabienne Reybaud has been senior editor of watches and jewelry at the French daily newspaper Le Figaro. Specializing in the luxury field, she has authored several books, including 100 Montres de Légende, with Frédéric Ramade (Solar, 1999); Watches: The Ultimate Guide (Assouline, 2006, 2010); The Nature of Chaumet (Assouline, 2016); and Casa Lopez: Un Art de Vivre, with Pierre Sauvage (Flammarion, 2018). In addition, Reybaud has worked as an independent journalist for the most prestigious names in the French press.

By Fabienne Reybaud
14 x 17 in – 35.5 x 42 cm | 194 pages | 200 illustrations | handcrafted in a luxury leather clamshell case with metal plaque
Price: AED 3300

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Emirates announces the appointment of 10 UAE Nationals to key commercial positions in the Middle East, GCC and Africa

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Emirates has announced a number of appointments to its commercial operations team across the Middle East, GCC and Africa, further demonstrating the airline’s commitment to strengthening its long-term commercial strategy and offer across these regions. All of the appointments bring Emirati talent into key leadership positions, either being promoted from within the organisation or through portfolio rotations, underpinning the airline’s commitment to career development and progression of its UAE Nationals. All of the new appointments are effective this week, starting 6 January.

Highlighting the importance of the new appointments to support Emirates’ efforts to strengthen its business in the Middle East and Africa, Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer said: “As we continue to develop our operations in the Middle East, GCC and Africa, the unique backgrounds, experience and skills of each newly appointed member of our commercial team will further strengthen our commercial and business operations and drive our strategic initiatives in a new year of growth. Their experience will also be instrumental as we focus on executing many of our commercial initiatives to pursue revenue opportunities, improve margin performance, as well as capture new consumer segments.”

Mohammad Lootah will be taking on the role of Manager Jordan. Mohammad joined Emirates in 2016 and has held commercial support management roles Riyadh and Kuwait.

Tariq Al Mutawa has been appointed as Manager Kuwait. Tariq has been with Emirates for eight years, holding roles in India, Bahrain and Qatar.

Hamad Al Ali, has been appointed to lead Emirates’ commercial activities as Manager Bahrain. Hamad joined Emirates in 2013 as a Commercial Support Manager and was posted in South Africa and Ethiopia. After that, he was assigned as manager Zambia where he executed and delivered the airline’s commercial activities in that market.

Omar Al Bushlaibi, will become Manager Oman. Omar joined Emirates in 2014 as part of the UAE National Commercial Management Programme, training in the UAE Sales Department, Istanbul, as well as Mumbai before holding the role of Commercial Support Manager in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nasser Bahlooq will be Manager Zimbabwe. Nasser joined the UAE National Commercial Management Programme in 2015, and was selected to manage the airline’s commercial activities in Yinchuan, China and most recently Yangon, Myanmar where he supported the route launch activities of the linked route to Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Khalfan Al Salami, will hold the role of Manager Sudan. Khalfan joined Emirates in 2015 as part of the UAE National Commercial Management Programme, taking on further training and development in Emirates’ station in Madrid and most recently held the role of Commercial Support Manager Kuwait.

Marwan Al Marri will become Manager Riyadh. Marwan previously held the Commercial Support Manager position in Madina.

Fahad Bastaki, will take on the role of Manager Dammam. Fahad began his career with Emirates in 2015, and has also held commercial support positions in South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe.

Saeed Khalifa Bin Sulaiman will take on the role of Senior Manager, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Saeed previously held the role of Regional Manager East (Riyadh and Dammam) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Omar Al Banna, will become Manager Sharjah and Northern Emirates. Omar started his career with Emirates in 2006, and has previously held the roles of managing commercial activities in Ethiopia, Tunisia, Jordan, Corporate Sales in the UAE and most recently managing the airline’s commercial operations in in Kuwait and Iraq.

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80% of EMEA Life Sciences Companies Found Candidates Misrepresenting Information on their CVs

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Up to 1 in 5 candidates across the EMEA Life Science’s industry have been found misrepresenting information on their job applications, according to recent findings by HireRight, a leading provider of global candidate pre-employment screening services. The findings have been released as part of HireRight’s 2018 EMEA Employment Screening Benchmark Report, which surveyed over 6,000 HR professionals across the EMEA, APAC and US regions.

Life Sciences, a field ranging from pharmaceuticals and biotechnology to food processing and environmental organisations, has witnessed huge growth in recent years, with the global pharmaceutical industry alone forecast to reach US 1.06 trillion by 2022, according to Deloitte’s 2018 Global Life Sciences Outlook. In line with this projection, 87% of EMEA Life Sciences organisations surveyed expect their workforce to grow in the next 12 months.

57% of EMEA Life Sciences organisations have reported that retaining good employees is one of the biggest challenges in the region, along with creating an employment brand that attracts talent (57%). As a result, over 50% of business have said they are investing in finding qualified job candidates and creating a positive corporate culture.

Companies in the Life Sciences industry tend to perform a variety of background checks on potential candidates to ensure the most qualified and skilled employees are hired, however, only around two thirds (67%) verify a candidate’s education and qualifications and only 75% said they check previous employment details and references.

The top benefits of employment screening experienced by companies in EMEA are improved regulatory compliance (71%), better quality of hires (43%), more consistent safety and security and greater employee retention, both at 29%.

“It is positive to see that the survey respondents recognise the value of conducting thorough background checks on potential employees yet it must become industry standard across the board,” said Steve Girdler, Managing Director of EMEA & APAC at HireRight.

“There are still 25% of EMEA companies not verifying a candidate’s previous employment history and this could have significant knock-on effects throughout individual industries. With ever-increasing scrutiny on businesses, adopting a few simple but effective steps as part of the hiring process would reduce the risk of discrepancies and potential scandals that can have a detrimental effect on the future of a company.”


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UAE and international policymakers call for greater commitment in accelerating sustainable development as Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019 nears

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  • ADSW 2019 takes place on the theme ‘Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development’ and the six pillars of Energy and Climate Change, Water, Future Mobility, Space, Biotechnology and Tech for Good
  • Future Summit to welcome heads of state, UAE and foreign government dignitaries and global business leaders
  • UAE public figures to issue community call for action entitled #WeAreCommitted

It is vital for the global community to commit to working together to address the challenges of climate change and accelerate sustainable development, UAE ministers and senior business leaders said today ahead of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

ADSW 2019, one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings, takes place in the UAE capital from 12-19 January and explores the major social, economic and environmental trends impacting the sector on the theme ‘Industry Convergence: Accelerating Sustainable Development’.

Held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the global platform hosts heads of state, government ministers, policymakers, industry experts, innovators and future sustainability leaders.

Speaking at the press conference to launch the landmark event today, His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, said: “Every year at ADSW, the UAE joins forces with the rest of the world to accelerate the pace of sustainable development. Platforms such as this one enable the country to keep pace with the increased global uptake for innovative climate technologies, and lead the way to a cleaner and better tomorrow.”

He added: “This year, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is proud to present the second edition of the Climate Innovation Exchange (CLIX) initiative that facilitates seamless sourcing, funding and monetisation of pioneering climate solutions.”

The 9th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) takes place on 11-13 January and ADSW 2019 ends with the two-day Festival at Masdar City on 18-19 January.

“Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is one of the world’s preeminent gatherings of policy, industry and academic leaders that aims to identify a common pathway to a more equitable, low-carbon and sustainable economic future,” said Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency. “The Assembly, IRENA’s ultimate decision-making body that brings together 180 countries, takes place each year at ADSW – a reflection of its significance as a leading global platform for policy dialogue and a catalyst for action.”

“Accelerating renewable energy deployment is central to sustainable development and represents the most cost-effective, economically attractive and socially beneficial path to meeting our climate objectives,” continued Amin. “IRENA is committed to highlighting this message at ADSW and beyond.”

This year’s edition of ADSW will explore how digitalisation and innovative technologies are converging to provide new opportunities and solutions to drive economic growth, sustainable development and prosperity.

To align more closely with the UAE Vision 2021 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ADSW has widened its scope beyond renewable energy. ADSW 2019 will address global sustainability challenges and opportunities on the six pillars of Energy and Climate Change, Water, Future Mobility, Space, Biotechnology and Tech for Good. The topics of Youth and Digitalisation will inform each of these pillars and the programmes running throughout ADSW.

ADSW’s anchor event, WFES (World Future Energy Summit), will feature more than 850 exhibiting companies from 40 countries. As part of WFES, the inaugural Future Summit is being held on 15-16 January, bringing together leaders from government, the non-profit community, institutional investors and the private sector to debate accelerating the transition to a sustainable society. Confirmed speakers include heads of state alongside a host of UAE and foreign government dignitaries and global business leaders.

HE Mohammad Juma Bin Jarsh Al Falasi, Undersecretary, Department of Energy (DoE), Abu Dhabi, said: “Sustainability is one of the main pillars of our strategy aimed at optimising the contribution of our natural resources to the energy supply in the UAE. We are keen to enhance the level of integration among all stakeholders, and ensure that we have the right strategy and regulations in place to minimise the consumption of oil & gas, and to benefit from renewable sources, particularly solar. We plan to deploy appropriate technology for each phase of energy production, to enhance the efficiency of the energy sector while minimising carbon emissions.”

Commenting on Masdar’s role as host of ADSW and the event’s expanded mandate, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer of Masdar, said: “At Masdar, we regard investing in renewable energy and sustainable real estate as good business. Hosting ADSW, on the other hand, is our proud duty to the UAE. It is a collaborative effort and a platform for multilateral dialogue. It is thanks to the commitment of the UAE leadership, our patron His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, our shareholder Mubadala, the investment of our strategic partners and sponsors, and the engagement of the media and the local UAE community, that ADSW has become one of the world’s largest sustainability gatherings.

“More and more industries, including many youthful start-ups, are committing themselves to taking action on sustainability, enabled by the transformative potential of digital technology. Masdar is proud to be Abu Dhabi’s global renewable energy leader, but bringing about sustainable development is not the job of the renewables sector alone. Only by making a commitment, together, can we realise tangible progress on mitigating climate change.”

A new addition this year is the inaugural Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum (ADSFF), designed to focus on increasing the adoption of sustainable financing and directing capital towards activities with positive economic, social and environmental impacts.

The Forum will convene top global institutional investors, regulators, academics and key influencers to share insights on the sustainable finance industry in the region, while also setting the stage for Abu Dhabi Global Market to unveil its plans to create a robust and global sustainable finance hub.

Richard Teng, CEO, Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Abu Dhabi Global Market, said: “Abu Dhabi Global Market is pleased to host and curate the inaugural Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum as part of the eminent Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. As a leading international financial centre, ADGM recognises the importance of driving sustainable financing and investments and working with key local and international stakeholders to facilitate initiatives that deliver long-term benefits for the well-being of society and the economy.

“The Abu Dhabi Sustainable Finance Forum provides a platform that brings together and creates open dialogues among governments, innovators, service providers, investors and industry professionals on sustainable investment and long-term economic growth. We believe that Abu Dhabi and the UAE provide a conducive and attractive environment for investors and institutions to raise and deploy capital, and adequately manage their risks exposure to achieve their business objectives and growth in a sustainable and responsible manner.”

Last year, a record 38,000 people representing 175 countries attended ADSW, including 180 ministers and 300 high-level speakers. Commercial projects worth US$15 billion were announced during the week.

The Youth 4 Sustainability Hub (Y4S) will provide a platform for students, young professionals, innovators and entrepreneurs to become more educated about the future of the sustainability industry. It will also feature Future Skills 2030: an engaging and interactive mentorship opportunity for students and young professionals to network with industry experts, and gain key skills to pursue a career in sustainability.

As part of the Hub, CLIX (the Climate Innovations Exchange) will again connect youth, entrepreneurs, innovators and investors to enable partnerships that will power climate change solutions through knowledge, innovation and funding. In 2018, the 27 finalists exhibited their inventions, resulting in nearly half the finalists receiving funding pledges from investors, totalling more than US$17.5 million.

This year, the expanded CLIX programme has received a record 811 applications from across 83 counties in categories including Sustainability in Space, Future of Energy, and Future of Food & Agriculture.

Following the ADSW Opening Ceremony on 14 January, the Zayed Sustainability Prize, which also adopted an expanded mandate earlier this year, will recognise winners in the Global High Schools category and the four new categories of Health, Food, Energy and Water.

Meanwhile, the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) platform will host its annual Forum on 16 January under the theme ‘The Role of Women in Advancing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. Launched on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, the WiSER initiative aims to educate, engage and empower women with the right skills to participate and lead across all sustainability sectors.

To stimulate further debate and action beyond ADSW 2019, the global #WeAreCommitted campaign is being launched involving UAE ministers, international industry leaders and members of the local community. Besides promoting the sustainability pledges of opinion formers, the campaign invites members of the public to highlight their own commitments to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, while promoting respect for the right of all communities to enjoy cleaner land, air and water in 2019, the Year of Tolerance in the UAE.

Bringing ADSW 2019 to a close will be The Festival at Masdar City, promising a weekend of family entertainment encouraging environmental awareness. Activities will focus on seven thematic zones – the Energy Cluster, Sustainability Cluster, Water and Agriculture Cluster, Urban Community, Market Place, Main Stage, and Masdar Park.

To learn more, visit or follow #ADSW and @ADSWagenda on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


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#WOWJBR to Kick Off New Year with Unique Mind and Soul Theme

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#WOWJBR by Dubai Retail is set to kick off the new year and Dubai Shopping Festival with a Mind and Soul theme this January, and will celebrate with a unique Arts Festival, Sports Festival and Nature Festival.

Arts Festival

Brief:  your creative side this January as lively caricaturists, speed painters, glitter painters, dancing paintings and roaming graffiti characters bring the destination to life. Talented artist Jindi will be entertaining the crowd to get the new year off to a truly memorable start.

Date: 10-12 January 2019

Time: Thursdays: 6pm – 10pm

Fridays & Saturdays: 4pm – 10pm

Venue: JBR

Price: Free

Sports Festival

Brief:               In January 2019, #WOWJBR will host two weekends packed with sport events and activities. Join free fitness and yoga classes, and get into the mood with live acoustic performances from Ibby VK, Greg Pearson, Josh McCartney and Jamie Wrecs. Once you’ve achieved your daily workout goals, catch the action as daring tightrope artists, electric capoeira dancers and LED jump rope performers steal the limelight.

Date: 17-19 January & 24-26 January 2019

Time:Thursdays:  6pm – 10pm

Fridays & Saturdays: 4pm – 10pm

Venue: JBR

Price: Free

Nature Festival

Brief: Head down to #WOWJBR to experience the Nature festival happening at the end of this month. Immerse yourself in a vibrant world of hula hoop dancers, flower stilt walkers and roaming themed characters, and chill out with live entertainment from singer/songwriter Francoise Crosbie. Little ones can also enjoy a special LED puppet show.

Date: 31 January – 2 February

Time:Thursday:6pm – 10pm

Friday & Saturday:  4pm – 10pm

Venue: JBR


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Taqyimee smart application organises work of real estate valuators in Dubai

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  • The new application is a pioneering achievement that supports DLD’s initiatives to align with the Smart Transformation Strategy

The Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) at Dubai Land Department (DLD) successfully began the new year by launching the smart application for real estate valuators, Taqyimee, resulting in a positive impact on the real estate valuation activities in the Emirate.

The announcement of Taqyimee’s launch was attended by HE Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of DLD; HE Marwan bin Ghalita, CEO of RERA; and the CEOs of DLD’s sectors.

Bin Ghalita stressed that organising valuations in the real estate market is one of the key tasks needed to monitor the performance of real estate valuators and prepare an investor-friendly environment. He affirmed that the Executive Council Resolution No. 37 of 2015 regulates all aspects of the real estate appraisal processes in the Emirate, while RERA is responsible for organising and registering real estate valuators. He also stressed that RERA’s strategic projects emphasise the importance of launching smart applications that contribute to meeting customers’ expectations and providing them with data to support their investment decisions.

This application is one of the most important launched by the Real Estate Licensing Department at RERA. Ali Abdalla Al Ali, Director of the Real Estate Licensing Department, stressed that the application is a remarkable achievement that serves the strategic objectives adopted by RERA and comes within the framework of the smart transformation of services provided by the Authority about real estate valuation services.

Al Ali added: “The Taqyimee smart application provides premium services to real estate owners, investors, and all those concerned with real estate valuation. It grants them access to services easily without the need to follow routine procedures that require more time and effort. We are proud to add this application to DLD’s list of applications, thereby further aligning ourselves with the directives of our wise leadership to make Dubai the smartest city in the world, especially through the Dubai 10X strategy.”

Al Ali affirmed that through RERA, DLD is eager to offer distinguished services to achieve greater superiority over its global peers, supporting the classification of its services on global performance indicators, especially in regards to the ease of doing business, establishing a transparent real estate market that attracts capital to the sector and pumps direct foreign investment into local economic sectors. One of the most important results that investors will gain is access to these services with the highest levels of transparency and credibility through substantially professional and efficient valuation companies.

Taqyimee will be one of the smart platforms provided by RERA to connect valuators with their customers, whereby owners and their representatives can see the list of RERA’s approved valuators, choose a suitable person for their services, and ask for a valuation of their properties. Valuation companies can apply on behalf of their customers, and valuators can then accept or decline the application, or coordinate with the applicants. Upon completion of the valuations, valuators have the option to submit the valuation summary and issue a certificate for the valuation request.

DLD’s customers, real estate valuators, and real estate valuation companies may download the application through the App Store or Play Store.

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PENSPEN selected to execute the First Phase of the FEED (FEED Phase I) of the proposed gas pipeline between Nigeria and Morocco

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Penspen, a leading global provider of engineering and project management services to the energy industry, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by The Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to execute the First Phase of the FEED (FEED Phase I) of approximately 5,700 km gas pipeline proposed to run from Nigeria to Morocco. The award is a follow-up on the feasibility study completed by Penspen in July 2018.

The FEED Phase I consists of a detailed review of the feasibility study results and in-depth evaluation of the gas demand and supply study. Further design of the pipeline system, in addition to the execution of an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA), will then be carried out with the aim of optimising the proposed pipeline route and project economics.

Penspen will also support the client in marketing and promoting the pipeline project to potential stakeholders showcasing the wider benefits of its development.

At the end of the study, key detailed outcomes will help the client prepare for the second phase of the FEED (FEED Phase II) which is expected to lead to a Final Investment Decision (FID).

Penspen will be utilising the skills and capabilities of Dar Al-Handasah, Crestech and Control Risk to conduct a number of special studies required for the FEED services, environmental impact assessment, Nigeria gas supply study and risk study respectively.

Peter O’Sullivan, chief executive officer of Penspen, said “Following Penspen’s successful execution of the feasibility study, we consider it a huge privilege to be selected by both clients for the next stage of the project definition i.e. FEED Phase I where we will continue to provide our renowned world class services towards realisation of this strategic project.

As the development of this proposed regional gas pipeline linking Nigeria with Morocco and several other West African Countries progresses, Penspen remains fully committed to the course and is confident that we have both the necessary experience and the required expertise to support the delivery of an optimal FEED study for the development of this pipeline”.

The work has already started and is being executed from Penspen’s Abu Dhabi office.

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Park Hyatt Dubai Announces the Launch of the Lagoon

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The iconic Park Hyatt Dubai announces the opening of a brand new extension to the property comprising a majestic 100 metre infinity lagoon leading into an impeccable private beach, with uninterrupted views of the Creek and the Dubai skyline. The Lagoon will be unveiled on Sunday, January 6th 2019.

A new distinctive haven of tranquility in Dubai Creek for beachside relaxation, the Lagoon will offer an escape from the bustling city, with glistening waters, pristine sands and picturesque views. The breathtaking architecture and idyllic resort surroundings are set to transport guests to the azure shores of a distant tropical retreat.

Boasting almost 2,000 square metres of immaculate Quartz sand and encircled in lush green landscaping, the Lagoon exudes the essence of a tranquil, hidden gem. Guests are afforded a variety of relaxation settings, from elegant sun lounges to stylish gazebos and private cabanas, where the only view is that of the serene lagoon waters, adjacent Creek and city skyline. A Mediterranean inspired culinary offering will complete this quintessential lagoon experience. A limited number of day-passes will be available, with prices starting from AED 360.

Federico Mantaoni, General Manager at Park Hyatt Dubai comments: “We are excited to announce the property’s newest addition, the Lagoon. The extension to the array of leisure amenities is set to amplify the luxury experience for both guests and residents, as is synonymous with the Park Hyatt brand. The opening of the Lagoon follows the complete renovation of the property’s F&B offerings, which saw the introduction of The Promenade to Dubai’s dining scene.”

Fact Box:

the Lagoon
Location: Park Hyatt Dubai
Opening Times: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Contact: +971 4 602 1660 –

Rates: starting from AED 360.

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UAE tap water is safe to drink – just keep storage tanks clean

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New company launched by Culligan dispels myths that tap water itself is unhealthy

Drinking tap water in the UAE is safe and healthy, as long as water tanks are cleaned regularly and maintained properly.

That is the emphatic message from a newly established company which is dispelling myths about tap water by emphasising that the danger lies in storage tanks, not the water itself.

Culligan KMA has been set up to provide a range of cleaning services for water tanks in villas, apartment buildings, hotels and public buildings.

The new company has been established by global water treatment experts Culligan, which has a manufacturing facility in Dubai and offices and partners in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and KMA, their local partners in the UAE.

“There’s a common misunderstanding about tap water in the UAE, but the reality is that it is safe and healthy to drink if the storage tank it comes from is properly maintained,” said Marco Seghi, Service Director of Culligan Middle East.

“We have created this new business to deliver on our assurance to keep the quality of water people have access to as clean as possible.

“Dubai Municipality recommends water tanks are thoroughly cleaned every year. Many people don’t realise that storage tanks in villas and buildings have the potential to become contaminated by external factors and microbiological growth.”
Culligan KMA will call on water treatment industry experts with decades of experience to deliver effective solutions and advice on maintaining water tank cleanliness.

Providing complete water solutions for homes, hospitals, offices, restaurants and industrial plants, Culligan Middle East believes the new company will actively encourage more UAE residents to drink tap water.

Culligan KMA is currently working with some of the region’s top facilities management companies to offer a range of testing and consulting services, including water sampling and testing for legionella and other biological factors. Full laboratory reports are provided before and after tank cleaning, as well as a certificate of sanitisation.


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