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Saudi driver Saleh Al Saif in a CAN AM X3 was the overall Autos leader and fastest in the UTV class for four-wheel side-by-side vehicles at the end of the first leg of the Abu Dhabi Baja.

Dubai-based South African rider Aaron Mare was promoted to overall Motos and 450 category leader after fellow countryman Micheal Docherty picked up 20 minutes in time penalties for missing two passage controls and fell from contention.

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New event provides demanding test for drivers, riders in mighty dunes of Rub Al Khali

The UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi powered his way into a commanding lead on the opening leg of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Baja today as the new event presented a demanding test for drivers and riders among the dunes of the Rub Al Khali.
Partnered by British co-driver Chris Patterson in the Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 Dakar, Al Qassimi, top seed in the T1 Autos category, won the 97-km Arada Special Stage 1 by 21 mins 57 secs from Emirati Nooh Bu Hamaid in a Nissan Patrol.

On a day when a succession of cars became trapped in treacherous soft sand, Mansoor Parol and co-driver Imran Mahmood were third quickest in a Toyota Prado ahead of Argentinian driver Ariel Jaton in the all-electric ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered.

Taking place under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC), the fifth round of the 2019 UAE Baja Championship sent 44 competitors into action from the rally base at the renowned Moreeb Dune near the Liwa oasis.

Al Qassimi, who leads the T1 title race after winning three of the previous rounds, said at the end of the leg: “It was a difficult stage because I was opening the road.

“But it was good learning experience because you have to take your time in the dunes. Because of the time of day the light makes it hard to see over the crests. But we put in a good average speed and it was good training.”

While Al Qassimi is well accustomed to hitting the front in cross country rallies, it was a new experience for UAE-based KTM rider Micheal Docherty who was the surprise leader in the fiercely contested Motos 450 category.

The Dubai-based South African, who has competed in moto cross for 18 years, ended his first ever cross country rally stage leading by 13 seconds from fellow countryman Aaron Mare on a Honda, with Kuwait’s Mohammed Jaffar in third place, 1 min 53 secs back on another KTM.

“That was an awesome ride,” said Docherty. “I was going into the unknown really, riding with GPS for the first time, not knowing what to expect. But I’m not surprised to be leading because no-one wants to start first tomorrow.”

Top Emirati KTM rider Mohammed Al Balooshi, the No.1 seed and narrow championship leader, had to settle for fourth fastest on the day, with his nearest title rival, Dubai-based Dave McBride, in sixth.

The 280km event reaches its conclusion tomorrow afternoon on completion of the 105-km Moreeb Special Stage 2 getting under way at 8am.

Provisional leading positions- T1 Autos

  1. Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson (UAE/UK) / Peugeot 2008 DKR 1:38.09
  2. Nooh Bu Hamaid / Salim Al Ali (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 2:00.06
  3. Mansoor Parol / Imran Mahmood (UAE / UAE) / Toyota Prado 2:47.36
  4. Ariel Jaton / Eduardo Blanco (ESP / ESP) / ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered 2:53.50
  5. Khaled Al Jafla (UAE) / Dunebike / Armada             2:56.22
  6. Ahmed Barakat / Amira Khalil (UAE / UAE) / Nissan Patrol 2:58.59

Provisional leading positions – Motos 450

  1. Micheal Docherty (UAE) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:14.53
  2. Aaron Mare (UAE) / Honda 450 Rally 1:15.06
  3. Mohammed Jaffar (KWT) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:16.59
  4. Mohammed Balooshi (UAE) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:19.56
  5. Rashed Abdulla (UAE) / KTM 250 SX 1:21.08
  6. David McBride (UAE) / KTM 450 SX-F 1:23.12
  7. Sultan Al Balooshi (UAE) / Kawazaki KX 250 F 1:23.37
  8. Abdullah Al Shatti (KWT) / KTM Rally Moto 450 1:24.57
  9. Richard Brewer (UAE) / Yamaha YZ 450 FX 1:27.08
  10. Abdulla Abu Aisheh (JOR) / KTM 350 1:27.14
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Relishing Abu Dhabi Baja test, Sheikh Khalid feels there has never been a better time for young enthusiasts to enter rallying

Top UAE rally driver Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi says the emergence of a new national off road series in the Emirates means there has never been a better time for young enthusiasts to enter the sport.

The vastly experienced Emirati driver, who lines up in the inaugural Abu Dhabi Baja later this month, is urging more young drivers and riders to grasp the opportunity created by the launch this year of the UAE Baja Championship.

“This is the perfect platform for people to come into the sport at entry level,” said Sheikh Khalid, who

leads the T1 category after winning three of the first four rounds in his Abu Dhabi Racing 3008 DKR.

“Most of the events are one day, and they’re open to bikes, quads and T3 cars (Side by Side or UTVs) which make the sport much more affordable. If you’re looking for an opportunity to compete, this is your chance.”

Taking place under the patronage of Abu Dhabi Sports Council on 15-16 November, the Abu Dhabi Baja forms the fifth round of the 2019 UAE Baja Championship which is organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC).

Previous rounds have attracted upwards of 50 competitors, and the EMC hopes for more entries from the UAE and the other Gulf counties in Abu Dhabi, with prize money offered in each of the T1, T2, Group S and UTV auto classes, as well as Motos 450, 250 and quad categories.

For Sheikh Khalid, who will be partnered by British co-driver Chris Paterson, the Abu Dhabi Baja presents another competitive test in his build-up to next year’s Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

He was runner up in the recent Rally Qassim in Saudi, finishing just ten seconds adrift of Yazeed Al-Rajhi after setting the fastest time on the final stage, while fellow Emirati Mohammed Al-Balooshi won the motorcycle category.

It was the second victory inside a month for Al Balooshi following his Jordan Baja win, and he will be looking to complete a hat-trick of victories in the Abu Dhabi Baja to extend his lead in the UAE Baja Championship Moto 450 class.

With a route twisting among that giant dunes of the Rub Al Khali, the Abu Dhabi Baja will be based at the Moreeb Dune facility with the backing of Liwa Sport Club.

From the rally base, competitors depart for two special stages amounting to 250km of competitive off road rallying, in a route totalling 280km in length, including liaisons.

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Based on Real Life Events, from the Director of Independence Day- MIDWAY is set to hit the screens on Nov 7th all across UAE & GCC

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The Epic American wartime drama is set to be released across UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman & KSA on the 7th Nov 2019 ahead of the worldwide release date of 8th Nov 2019.

MIDWAY centers on the Battle of Midway, a clash between the American fleet and Imperial Japanese Navy, which marked a turning point in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The film, based on the real-life events of this heroic feat, tells the story of the leaders and soldiers who used their instincts, fortitude and bravery to overcome the odds. It’s a story of brotherhood, camaraderie and the determination and sacrifice of real-life military heroes, to secure an American victory.

MIDWAY the film, boasts a powerful star-cast featuring, Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games franchise, War for the Planet of the Apes, Venom, Now You See Me) Ed Skrein (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Alita Battle Angel, Deadpool), Patrick Wilson (Aquaman, The Conjuring franchise), Luke Evans (Fast & Furious franchise) and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, London Has Fallen) alongside Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore & Dennis Quaid.

The director of MIDWAY, Roland Emmerich, is a master of cinematic spectacle, with a legendary career ranging from science fiction blockbusters, like Independence Day and Godzilla, to historical epics, like The Patriot. In addition to his signature scope and scale, the acclaimed filmmaker’s work is always grounded in relatable themes, fully realized characters, and the emotional power of hope. MIDWAY continues in this proud tradition and is a true passion project almost twenty years in the making.

“The Battle of Midway is one of the most fascinating stories of World War II,” says producer Harald Kloser, who has been working with Emmerich for over 15 years. “Midway is the event that transformed the war in the Pacific, basically preserving democracy and freedom in the U.S. and the Western world. This was the day freedom was won.”

Midway is a captivating true story with end to end action that will appeal to all audiences across the region. The film releases across the GCC on the 7th November 2019.

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Torrente, Al Mansoori battle to second place finish in China as team-mates also grab podium spot

Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori retained their overall lead in the UIM XCAT World Championship today with a battling second place finish in the first of three races making up this weekend’s Shanghai Grand Prix.

The defending champions in Abu Dhabi 4 climbed from fourth position at the start to finish runners up to their nearest challengers in this year’s XCAT world title race, the Dubai Police pairing of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi.

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori, who had earlier secured their first ever pole position in the XCAT series, took the third podium place in Abu Dhabi 5 to rise to joint third in the championship.

The result means Torrente and Al Mansoori carry a nine-point championship lead into tomorrow’s second Grand Prix race, with a third to follow on Sunday.

Shanghai Grand Prix Race 1 results

  1. Dubai Police (UAE) Arif Al Zaffain / Nadir Bin Hendi 40:10.41 (17 laps)
  2. Abu Dhabi 4 (UAE) Shaun Torrente / Faleh Al Mansoori 40:16.90
  3. Abu Dhabi 5 (UAE) Rashed Al Tayer / Majed Al Mansoori 40:27.01
  4. New Star Racing (RU) Mikhail Kitashev / Dimitry Vandyshev 41:50.47
  5. Kuwait (KWT) Abdullatif Al Omani / Moustafa Al Dashti 41:58.96
  6. Maritimo (AUS) Tom Barry-Cotter / Ross Willaton 42:04.08
  7. HPI Racing Team (IT) Rosario Schiano Di Cola / Guiseppe Schiano Di Cola 42:15.15
  8. 222 Offshore (IT/AUS) Giovanni Carpitella / Darren Nicholson 42:32.51
  9. De Mitri (IT) Roberto Lo Piano / Marco Di Cosmo 40:20.84 (16)
  10. Videx (IT) Alfredo Amato / Saul Bubacco 42:45.87 (15)

XCAT World Championship positions

  1. Abu Dhabi 4 (UAE) Shaun Torrente / Faleh Al Mansoori 100pts
  2. Dubai Police (UAE) Arif Al Zaffain / Nadir Bin Hendi 91
  3. Maritimo (AUS) Tom Barry-Cotter / Ross Willaton 60
  4. Abu Dhabi 5 (UAE) Rashed Al Tayer / Majed Al Mansoori 60
  5. The Blue Roo (AUS) Pal Virik Nilsen / Jan Trygve Braaten 48
  6. 222 Offshore (IT/AUS) Giovanni Carpitella / Darren Nicholson 41
  7. New Star Racing (RU) Mikhail Kitashev / Dimitry Vandyshev 34
  8. HPI Racing Team (IT) Rosario Schiano Di Cola / Guiseppe Schiano Di Cola 25
  9. Swecat Racing (SWE) Erik Stark / Sebastian Groth) 22
  10. De Mitri (IT) Roberto Lo Piano / Marco Di Cosmo 18
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Virgin Hyperloop One and Saudi Arabia’s KAUST Partner to Spur Country’s Technology and Transport Development

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World’s leading hyperloop company and Saudi’s renowned King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) sign agreement during Future Investment Initiative

Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), the world’s leading hyperloop company, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kingdom’s renowned King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Signed at this year’s Future Investment Initiative, one of the most significant investment conferences globally, the California-based hyperloop company and the Kingdom’s leading private research institution have committed to working together on fostering the exchange of scientific and technological knowledge to further support the development of the country’s technology and transportation sector.

Present at the signing on the VHO pavilion in Riyadh were Jay Walder, Chief Executive Officer at VHO and Dr. Tony Chan, President at KAUST.

Excited about the new partnership, HE Sultan bin Sulayem, VHO’s Chairman, said, “Saudi Arabia’s vision and willingness to embrace new technology is unrivalled. Having the opportunity to partner with one of the country’s most prestigious research universities such as KAUST is a significant collaboration for us. Together we hope to spur the development of the regional technology and transportation infrastructure for a connected Gulf.”

The latest knowledge exchange programme is not the first of its kind between the Kingdom and VHO. Already in 2017, VHO started its journey through a technology partnership with the MiSK Foundation, through which the company welcomed a select group of Saudi students to its Los Angeles Innovation Campus. The purpose of the partnership was to further the knowledge exchange between VHO and young, aspiring Saudi students.

Representing KAUST at the signing, Dr. Tony Chan, said, “Partnering with one of the most innovative technology companies in the world presents us with great opportunities. Having visited the first VHO test site in Las Vegas myself, I believe the hyperloop technology is hugely impressive and will truly transform the way passengers and goods are being moved in the 21st century. I have high expectation that this partnership will be mutually beneficial, given KAUST’s talent pool of top faculty, students and research scientists, as well as our world-class research facilities, and the wealth of knowledge possessed by the 200+ strong engineering team at VHO. Fully aligned with Saudi Vision 2030, we see this as a unique opportunity to support our leadership’s vision”.

The announcement comes only days after the leading developer of hyperloop technology and King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) have published their findings on the feasibility of creating a VHO Centre of Excellence, which includes the world’s first full-speed testing track and a manufacturing facility from which Hyperloop parts would be exported to other market.

If approved, the Centre could break ground within KAEC in 2020, and thus propel the Kingdom to the forefront of hyperloop development worldwide. The report also illustrated how the Centre will drive domestic value by adding to the creation of more than 124,000 high-tech local jobs, supporting the technology sector by incorporating advances in robotics and AI and driving an estimated $4billion increase in KSA GDP by 2030.

Commenting on the Centre, VHO’s Jay Walder, said: “With Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology we are transforming inspiration into practical innovation. We have developed patented technology and are building a strong network of public and private partners committed to making hyperloop the catalyst of a transportation revolution in years to come.”

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Al Tayer, Al Mansoori set the pace for Shanghai Grand Prix

Team Abu Dhabi’s Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori secured their first ever pole position in the UIM XCAT World Championship today at the start of a tense three days of racing in China.

Al Tayer and Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 set the fastest qualifying time for the Shanghai Grand Prix when they clocked 2:13.692 on their fifth of ten laps.

They topped the standings comfortably from Tom Barry-Cotter and Ross Willaton            in Maritimo (2:14.768) and the Dubai Police pairing of Arif Al Zaffain and Nadir Bin Hendi (2:15.500).

Team Abu Dhabi’s reigning XCAT world champions and current series leaders, Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4, set the fourth fastest time. They were starting the first of the weekend’s three Grand Prix races later in a confident mood, however, having won the opening round of the season in Italy after finishing third in qualifying.

Shanghai Grand Prix qualifying times

  1. Abu Dhabi 5 (UAE) Rashed Al Tayer / Majed Al Mansoori 2:13.692
  2. Maritimo (AUS) Tom Barry-Cotter / Ross Willaton 2:14.768
  3. Dubai Police (UAE) Arif Al Zaffain / Nadir Bin Hendi 2:15.500
  4. Abu Dhabi 4 (UAE) Shaun Torrente / Faleh Al Mansoori 2:15.793
  5. HPI Racing Team (IT) Rosario Schiano Di Cola / Guiseppe Schiano Di Cola 2:17.664
  6. Swecat Racing (SWE) Erik Stark / Sebastian Groth 2: 18.537
  7. 222 Offshore (IT/AUS) Giovanni Carpitella / Darren Nicholson 2:18.607
  8. Kuwait (KWT) Abdullatif Al Omani / Moustafa Al Dashti 2:19.834
  9. New Star Racing (RU) Mikhail Kitashev / Dimitry Vandyshev 2:20.397
  10. De Mitri (IT) Roberto Lo Piano / Marco Di Cosmo 2:20.700
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Bangla Tigers to attract large Bangladeshi crowd to the Abu Dhabi T10 League

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  • Thisara Perera to lead Bangla onslaught as Icon player of Bangla Tigers
  • The Tigers’ batsmen are ready to fight the incredible line-up of competitors set to explode Zayed Cricket Stadium from 15-24 November, 2019

Bangla Tigers, the new franchise team of the Abu Dhabi T10, has put up a formidable squad in its first bid to win the coveted Abu Dhabi T10 league title which takes place at the Zayed Cricket Stadium from November 14 to 24, 2019.

Icon Player Thisara Perera will be well supported by Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher, Rilee Rossouw, Liam Plunkett, Robbie Frylinck, David Wiese and Shehan Jayasurya. They will be powered by Anamul Haque Bijoy, Farhad Reza – the two big hitters from Bangladesh – as well as UAE’s Qais Ahmed, Chirag Suri and Mohammed Abul Hashem. They will pick up one more from the Talent Hunt programme – that is currently undergoing.

Former Bangladeshi Test Player Aftab Ahmed has been appointed Head Coach of Bangla Tigers while Nafis Iqbal – elder brother of Bangladeshi Test Opener Tamim Iqbal.

Team Bangla Tigers is ready to turn on the sweet magic of Bengal, being the first Bangladeshi team in the T10 League. Bangla Tigers will fulfil an important gap in the Abu Dhabi T10 League –that will attract a large Bangladeshi cricket fans from different parts of the UAE.

Nearly 1 million Bangladeshi nationals live and work in the UAE, while more than 50,000 businesses are owned by Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) entrepreneurs across the seven

“Although we bought the franchise rights of Bangla Tigers, it is the Bangladeshis living in the UAE and beyond – who are the real owners of Bangla Tigers team,” Yasin Chowdhury, a businessman and a cricket enthusiast, says. “So, we are now reaching out to the Bangladeshi community across the UAE to come in force at the Zayed Cricket Stadium and make the Abu Dhabi T10 a festival and grand success. We want them to cheer and enjoy the game.

“There will be winners and losers. Of course we want to be the winning side. However, we are entering the league with an open mind and open heart. We want this to turn into a festival and we want the crowd cheer with every boundary, six or a wicket!”

Yasin Chowdhury, Chairman of FMC Group, is a large shipbuilder in Chittagong – the commercial
gateway to Bangladesh. He started business twenty years ago, right after completing studies in Chittagong University. He stormed into the UAE media limelight in September this year after buying the franchise rights for Bangla Tigers.

His team is currently visiting community members to garner support and encourage the Bangladeshi expatriates to come and enjoy cricket at the Abu Dhabi T10 league.

Sirajuddin Alamgir, Co-owner of Bangla Tigers, said, “We are conducting a number of roadshows in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and in Ras Al Khaimah to attract the 1 million Bangladeshis living in UAE. This team is not owned by us. This team is owned by all the Bangladeshis. So as an owner, every Bangladeshi living in UAE has huge responsibility of making our journey a success.”

Bangla Tigers opted to focus on big hitting as their strategy for a chance to clutch the Abu Dhabi T10, bringing in players with impressive batting skills. Former Sri Lankan limited overs captain Thisara Perera, will drive the batting attack for Bangla Tigers. He will be joined by world-class talents.

Bangla Tigers have been drawn into the tournament’s Group A and will square off against Deccan Gladiators, Delhi Bulls and Karnataka Tuskers in what will be a tightly contested group.

The Icon player of the team, Thisara Perera commented, “I’m very excited to play for Bangla Tigers in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament. I’m optimistic and aiming high. I’m very much looking forward to give my best to the cricket fans in UAE. As everybody says that prayers and support changes the destiny. So we all need your support to make Bangladesh proud by giving this glorious victory cup to the fans from Bangladesh.”

Sri Lankan bustling right-arm seamer and sporadically effective left-handed hitter, Thisara Perera is known as expert in the limited-overs series player.

Aftab Ahmed, Head Coach of Team Bangla Tigers, said, “It is my pleasure to work with this fresh and motivated team representing Bangladesh to the UAE audiences. T10 cricket is the most recent and unique format of cricket and it will need specific training for players. I’m extremely satisfied with the player’s line-up. Perera, Ingram Rossouw, Fletcher, Faulkner and others are the best in limited-overs and I feel lucky to be their coach. I’m looking forward to working closely with the players to achieve our goals towards winning the cup.”

The Tigers’ batsmen are ready to fight the incredible line-up of competitors set to explode Zayed Cricket Stadium from 15-24 November, and will be looking to pounce against the Deccan Gladiators in their first match of the tournament which is on November 16.

“We have plans to engage the whole community and create awareness of this big tournament. We are having Bangladeshi community gatherings in every city of UAE, in Abu Dhabi, Dubai in Sharjah and also in Ras Al Khaimah to spread the T10 cricket among the Bangladeshi fans residing in UAE and to hook the Bangladeshi crowd and attract them to the Zayed stadium.” said the team manager Nafis Iqbal.

The tournament is being showcased in Abu Dhabi for the first time following a strategic government partnership between the Department of Culture and Tourism, the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and Abu Dhabi Cricket.
“We are really thankful to Mr Shaji Ul Mulk and all other partners for choosing us to be a part of such mega cricket tournament.” said Nafis Iqbal.

Tickets start from the special price of Dh10, and will allow spectators to watch up to three matches a day. To book tickets, or to receive hospitality information, please visit:

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Dubai-based Samana Group Plans China Expansion to target $1 Billion Investments to UAE

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  1. Samana Group will meet potential partners in China.
  2. In key business hubs in China – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou – Samana general manager will address investment seminars that will have over 600 local investors and will be showcasing high-yielding properties and lucrative investment options.
  3. Samana Group is expecting over US$1 billion worth of investments from China over the next five years post its expansion and local partnerships.
  4. The total amount of individual wealth in China exceeded 146 trillion Yuan ($21 trillion) last year, according to a report by digital wealth management platform Yiren Wealth.
  5. Bilateral trade between China and the UAE reached US$11.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, a 16.21 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2018.

Following the company’s plans to capitalize on Expo 2020 Dubai. Samana Group, the Dubai-based 23-year old business conglomerate, is targeting the much-needed inbound investments to the UAE while Dubai seeks to become the leading Middle Eastern partner for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Samana Group has developed high-yielding investment opportunities in the real estate, ready-to-operate business centers and citizenship by investment sectors for Chinese investors and companies who will make the UAE their Middle East headquarters.

Ahead of its investment roadshow in China, Samana Group today announced that its strategic expansion plan is to establish Group’s China base so that they have direct access to the local markets and investors, a two-way investment approach – starting from the China’s business hubs of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The company says there is an increased number of wealthy people in China who are looking for established and reputed companies with whom they can collaborate in the UAE. Samana’s China move is triggered by it and by a recent digital wealth management platform by Yiren Wealth, which says the total amount of individual wealth in China exceeded 146 trillion Yuan ($21 trillion) last year.

“Today is a milestone step in the history of the Samana Group as we are going to establish our footprint in the Chinese markets. Seeing the bolstering trade ties between China and UAE, we think it is the right time to showcase Dubai’s business competitiveness as among world’s top destinations. Overseas investment offers China an opportunity to not just boost its own economy, but also leverage its economic strength abroad, said Mr. Alan James Gammon, the General Manager at Samana Group of Companies.
Imran Farooq the Samana Group CEO added: “with less than a year from the opening of mega Expo 2020 Dubai, the countdown has begun to one of the most important events in the UAE’s history and the Middle East as it takes center stage in promoting people, technology, cultural awareness and acceptance across the world. To capitalise on the Expo 2020 opportunity, we will be launching 3 new real estate projects between now and the first quarter of 2020 and welcome our Chinese partners to invest in them.”

EY in its ‘The Economic Impact of Expo 2020 Dubai’ Report in April 2019 forecasts that the Expo will boost UAE economy with a sizeable yield of AED 122.6 billion investments that will create 905,200 new full-time jobs and 1.5% contribution to UAE GDP in a short span of six month. That reflects event’s economic strength, which is just a beginning.

In UAE, the Samana Group owns Samana Developers with 3 residential projects worth Dh700 million, 200+ serviced offices branded as Star Business Centers that offer state-of-the-art working spaces to the MNCs and SMEs. The Samana Group boasts on one of the oldest and largest immigration service providers in the Middle East. Group’s immigration arm – AAA Associates and Global Migration Services – offer immigration and citizenship by investment services to individuals who plan to migrate to North America, Europe and the Caribbean regions.

Latest media reports show that the bilateral trade between China and the UAE reached $11.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019, a 16.21 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2018.
“China-UAE trade is expected to maintain the momentum of rapid growth throughout 2019 and beyond,” H.E. Ni Jian, the Chinese Ambassador to the UAE, told the Emirates News Agency (WAM), in an exclusive interview.

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Torrente, Al Mansoori aim to keep team on course for quadruple powerboat racing triumph

Team Abu Dhabi’s Shaun Torrente and Faleh Al Mansoori are primed for a crucial test in China this weekend as they look to tighten their grip on a second successive XCAT World Championship crown.

The reigning world champions, who lead the 2019 series after winning the opening round in Italy, face three races in as many days in the Shanghai Grand Prix knowing that the title race could effectively be won or lost before December’s final round in Dubai.

The added incentive for Torrente and Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 4 is to keep Team Abu Dhabi On course for a unique quadruple world powerboat racing triumph this season.

Torrente was a member of the four-man crew who captured the World Endurance Championships in Poland, as was Rashed Al Qemzi who has already clinched his second UIM F2 World Championship title in three years

Meanwhile defending champion Torrente leads the F1H20 World Championship which climaxes in Sharjah in December

“This has already been a very successful season for us and as a team we have the chance to achieve much more,” said Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club.

“But it’s important to take things one step at a time, especially here in China with such a packed race weekend and so much at stake.” 

Rashed Al Tayer and Majed Al Mansoori in Abu Dhabi 5 will also be looking to make an impact in the Shanghai Grand Prix, with official practice getting underway at 12 noon local time tomorrow.

The single pole position session for the weekend roars to life at 10am on Friday with Race 1 of the Shanghai Grand Prix getting underway at 2.30pm.

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Technology company’s co-founders recognised as Future Stars for giving new dimension to regional laundry business

Technology company JustClean has earned top level recognition for its emergence as a dynamic force giving a new dimension to the laundry business in the Gulf region.

The Kuwait-based company was honoured at the Arabian Business Awards 2019 in Dubai as a home-grown brand achieving great success in a short time, and one driven by ambitious expansion plans.

JustClean’s Co-Founders, Athbi and Nouri Al-Enezi, took to the stage to receive their award as Future Stars, an award highlighting “the bright achievers of tomorrow”, during a glittering event at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai.

“This is a proud moment for JustClean because the award recognises what we have achieved as a team, what we are doing for the laundry business in the region, and where we intend to take the company,” said Athbi Al-Enezi.

Nouri Al-Enezi added: “Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think of everything we have managed to do since we started the business three years ago. That makes this recognition so rewarding, and the future so exciting.”

Hosted by renowned BBC broadcaster Andrew Neil, the Arabian Business Awards, one of the most prestigious events on the business calendar in the Middle East, recognised outstanding achievements across the global business stage.

JustClean gives customers access to laundry services through an easy to use app which connects them to hundreds of laundries. Its operations also include a growing logistics network as well as a SaaS (software as a service) business.

Athbi and Nouri Al-Enezi and members of the JustClean team were among an audience packed with leading international business figures assembled in Dubai.

Launching the business in Kuwait in 2016, the two brothers set out to take the regional laundry business from offline to online, and its operations have since extended to Bahrain, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Plans include expansion into overseas markets early next year.

In 2017, the company attracted investment from Kuwait-based venture capital fund Faith Capital Holding, whose deputy chairman and CEO Mohammed Jaffar, became JustClean’s CEO.

“These are still early days for the company and we are very ambitious to take our business to a new level, and to enter new markets,” said Jaffar. “It’s gratifying when the hard work of everyone at JustClean is recognised in this way. This can only motivate us all to achieve much more together.”

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