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Saudi Championship for E-sports and Cartoon Characters

  • The Land of Civilizations Hosts the Japanese Civilization

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) is hosting in mid-November the largest open amateur sports and cartoon characters simulation event since the establishment of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.

On the sidelines of the tournament, famous cartoon singers and Japanese anime program hosts will perform live shows on Al Qarah Mountain stage, led by Tareq and Mohammed Al Arabi Tarqan, who are known for the composition and performance of a wide range of musical soundtracks of children TV shows and animations, most notably Conan, Mowgli, Ninja Turtles, Zoro, Captain Majed, and Hazeem Al Raa’d.

The most famous site of the world heritage of Al-Ahsa region; Al Qarah Mountain celebrates the Japanese civilization during 14-17 November, with a variety of events starting with the famous Japanese electronic sports competitions such as FIFA19, Fortnite and Tekken 7, through the Japanese cartoon characters’ simulation competition (Cosplay), in addition to a Japanese exhibition on the banks and caves in the mountain.

“The introduction of Japanese civilization in the land of civilizations in Al-Ahsa, which has recently been added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, is a reflection of the message of Saudi Arabia and Gulf states that are open to other civilizations and people who love peace and harmony,” said Mushary Aljabr, board member at the host organization.

The competitions and associated events will be broadcasted through various media channels that are interested in the amateur electronic sports and anime shows. Recent statistics indicate that Saudi Arabia is in the forefront of sales of electronic games in the Arab markets, with China leading globally, followed by the United States which is competing with Japan in the third place, followed by the German and British markets.

According to Marwan Alshawan, Head of the organizing committee, gifts and prizes will be presented to the competitors and the audience, including a car provided by Kia Aljabr, iPhone devices from Mobily and electronic game devices from Al Jomaih Bottling Plants, in addition to cash prizes of SAR140,000. The competitions will be held under the consideration of specialized arbitration committees, and under the supervision and sponsorship of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.

In addition to Al Arabi Tarqan, the audience will meet a host of social media influencers such as Etookb, S7S, 3boosh, AI Show group, and other creators of channels that are interested in Japanese games and animation.

It is expected that the event will attract more than 30,000 visitors during 4 days at several locations within the event’s area, including its historic cave known for its mild summer and winter temperatures, the outdoor theater, the famous animation shows, the championship platform, the Japanese exhibition, and restaurants and coffee shops.

The event was named “Game Nation” as an expression of the gathering of fans of electronic games and cartoon competitions, and it is organized under the slogan “Are you gamer? Or Do you Love Animations?”

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Al Ain Win the Opening Round of the Vice President’s Cup

  • Al Zeyoudi: “Championship exemplifies the efforts of the leadership to support local talent and sports clubs”
  • Al Hashemi: “A historic landmark for Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE”

The first round of the Vice President’s Cup took place on Saturday at Al Jazira Club, in the presence of Sheikh Zayed bin Khalifa bin Shakhbout Al Nahyan and HE Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister for Climate Change and the Environment. Athletes from 11 clubs competed for the coveted cup, presenting an unprecedented level of performance.

HE Dr. Al Zeyoudi stressed that the Championship exemplified the efforts of the UAE’s wise leadership to support the sport, reflected in the achievements of its athletes, both locally and internationally.

HE said: “This Championship carries the name of His Highness the Vice President of the UAE, and reflects the efforts of the leadership to support tEmirati athletes and sports clubs. Sports play an essential role in the development of our citizens. I encourage everyone to take part in this wonderful sport, and help elevate the status of the UAE at international championships.”

Al Ain Jiu-Jitsu Club came in first with 503 points and 9 gold, 8 silver, and 5 bronze medals. Al Wahda Club Academy placed second with 354 points and 5 gold, 5 silver, and 6 bronze medals. Third place went to the Al Jazira Jiu-Jitsu Club with 154 points and 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medals.

Athletes competed in 3 categories: Adult; youth U21’s; juniors U15’s, U16’s, and U17’s. The athletes competed to win matches and the various medals, aiming to win the coveted title, along with the uniquely designed championship cup before the end of the third round which will be held in Dubai. The UAEJJF previously adopted an awards system, which rewards the top three clubs with a financial prize, based on the total points at the end of the three rounds of the championship.

There was unprecedented fan turnout, proving the wide fan-base of the sport in the UAE, and the fruitful efforts of the UAEJJF.

Al Hashemi: A historic landmark for Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE

HE Abdulmunem Al Hashemi said: “The Vice President’s Cup championship is a tremendous addition to the UAEJJF’s 2018-2019 season calendar, and is considered a landmark in the history of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE. The performances we saw today proves that we are achieving our vision to promote the presence of the sport, and prepare a generation of young athletes capable of representing the UAE abroad. This Championship is a key event for our players to participate in other international championships.’

Al Hashemi added: “With each passing season, we see increased interest from the clubs to participate and take part in championships, whether through participating in boot camps or hosting events. I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to Al Jazira club for hosting the first round of the championship, and we are looking forward to the upcoming two rounds in Fujairah and Dubai.”

Al Hashemi also thanked the strategic and media partners for their sponsorship.

Al Hameli: Jiu-Jitsu has become a key part of youth culture in the UAE

HE Rashid Ateeq Al Hameli, Board Member of Al Jazira Club, and Chairman of Al Jazira Sports Company, said: “This Championship represents the true status of Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE, and the support by the wise leadership to instill this sport throughout the younger generation. We were honoured to host the first round of the President of the UAE Cup, and today we are honoured to host the first round of this Championship, and we vow to support this sport and the efforts of UAEJJF to achieve further success locally, regionally, and globally.”

Al Hameli stressed that Al Jazira Club was among the first to adopt and support Jiu-Jitsu in the UAE. He said: “We strongly believe that Jiu-Jitsu is becoming a part of youth culture in the UAE, and through these championships our athletes will be able to gain the needed experience to compete at upcoming international competitions.”

The Pride of the Winners

Dhiab Al Nuaimi, from Al Ain Club, Winner of the Gold medal at 62 Kg, said: “I am very proud of winning the gold medal in the Vice President’s Cup championship. The matches were not easy, but I was able to give my best performance and win.”

Hazza Mohammed, from Baniyas Club, and winner of a gold medal in the 94 Kg category, said: “I am very excited by my win today, and I dedicate my win to my family and my coach. All the players today gave an amazing performance with strong competition to win this coveted title.”

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Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo 2018 to Have Over 220 International and Local Exhibitors in Dubai

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  • 16th edition of the exhibition set to conduct workshops, panel discussions and a special conference on Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM)
  • Expected visitor turn out sets the pace for several new product launches at the exhibition

The Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo 2018 is returning to Dubai Convention & Exhibition Centre on November 18-20. It is set to bring the best of organic food and beverage, beauty and wellness, health and nutrition products as well as alternative medicines and therapy. This year, the exhibition has doubled in size and has over 220 exhibitors from 55 countries and 12 major country pavilions. Global Links Exhibitions the organizers have now added an in-depth day-long conference on Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) with experts from around the world who will be sharing their experience and knowledge.

The 16th edition will see the launch of several new global organic and natural products being launched at the exhibition. Additionally, a special pavilion dedicated to organic tea and coffee has been further introduced to tackle the growing demand in the region.

Highlighting this year’s activities, Shinu Pillai, Exhibition Director, Middle East Organic & Natural Products Expo, said, “Our aim for this year to ensure a much higher rate of knowledge transfer for our visitors. We have developed a series of workshops and conferences that run through the three days of the exhibition to highlight some trending topics via our international and local expert guest speakers. Given the importance of the Middle East markets, some participants are using the platform to launch their products due to the expected demand over the coming years. Besides, the credibility of the show has only helped us double our participant numbers this year.”

Some of the conference and workshop sessions include a panel discussion on Empowering Women through Agribusiness by International Trade Centre and UKAid. Others include discussions of organic beauty trends and opportunities, online retail trends as well as an organic Food and Beverage round-table.

Day one of the exhibition will also see the first Arab yoga instructor Nouf Marwaai of Saudi Arabia, a recipient of India’s fourth highest civilian award; the Padma Shri, deliver the keynote speech that will set the stage for the for the knowledge sessions soon after the inauguration.

The Middle East is majorly dependent on imports, and to tackle the growing demand worth USD 2 billion at 24% growth per year, the exhibition is expected to attract over 9500 niche organic and natural buyers from over 40 countries including Middle East, Africa, South and East Asia. This year’s added attractions are expected to boost interest levels and will strengthen the dynamic and ever-expanding market for procurements.

It is into this exceptionally fast-growing market that Middle East Organic and Natural Expo is launching its bulk purchase website for exclusively natural and organic based products,  ArabianOrganics, an online wholesale portal aimed at helping international and regional suppliers connect with buyers across the Middle East and North Africa.

“We’re excited about this, because it is the first of its kind website for organic products in the region. Essentially, right from lead generation to delivery, we pick your products, store them in UAE and deliver to your buyer’s doorstep; packed according to their needs and is an end-to-end service. Keeping in mind the international nature of our clients, ArabianOrganics helps you ensure payment security and enforces buyer guarantees strongly. Selling to the Middle East has never been so easy.”, says Shinu Pillai.

The Middle East Organic and Natural Products Expo 2018 will also continue having VIP buyers from outside of the UAE. A structured online and onsite matchmaking program ensures that visitors can pre-schedule for meetings with exhibitors. VIP buyers within the UAE are assisted by dedicated buyer engagement teams who facilitate meetings with exhibitors of interest.

Visitors can get free entry by registering online or onsite. The exhibition will take place at Hall 7 and 8 of the Dubai Convention & Exhibition Centre and will be open for visitors from 10am to 6pm.

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This year, the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) has teamed up with online marketplace to launch an exclusive line of DFC branded active wear and accessories; giving participants the chance to work out and exercise in style.

DFC products exclusively available on include ergonomic water bottles; non-slip yoga mats with a moisture resistant surface and shoulder strap; men, women and children’s DFC t-shirts with DRI-Fit technology making them suitable for all sports activities; a DFC branded cap featuring a snapback closure; and a DFC inspired drawstring bag to keep all your gear in one place. With all items priced below AED 100, the affordable DFC range will ensure you complete your #Dubai30x30 in style.

Taking place from 26 October until 24 November with five themed fitness villages across major communities in Dubai, weekend carnivals and free classes happening city-wide, DFC has something for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. To get on board with the huge range of activities (over 4,000 fitness sessions and classes including walking groups, paddle-boarding, aerobics, football, yoga, bike riding and everything in between), sign-up on the Dubai Fitness App which is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

For more information on Dubai Fitness Challenge visit

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Farnek secures FM contracts worth over AED115 million in Q3

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  • UAE-based leading FM company lands contracts with Oracle, Kings College, Dubai Airports, Burj Khalifa, Dark Matter, Musanada, and the Ministry of Community Development
  • Over 500 staff mobilised to manage services including MEP, cleaning and security

UAE-based facilities management (FM) company and sustainability consultancy Farnek, has been awarded contracts worth over AED115 million from several major organisations and companies throughout Dubai and Abu Dhabi in Q3, including Dubai Airports, the Burj Khalifa, Oracle, Kings College, Dark Matter, Musanada and the Ministry of Community Development.

Over 500 staff have been mobilised as part of the contracts. Farnek will manage a full suite of hard and soft FM services including, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP), security services, cleaning, landscaping, pest control and waste management.

Commenting, Farnek CEO, Markus Oberlin said: “These account wins are indicative of the wealth of knowledge we have of the local market and our understanding of our clients and their customers. We have invested significantly into technology and innovation, something which is at the very crux of our offering and is a crucial component of our business strategy success and account wins,” added Oberlin.

Farnek’s newly signed contracts include the retention of the three-year Burj Khalifa contract to provide MEP and specialist sub-contractor services such as firefighting.

“We have provided MEP services to the Burj Khalifa since its launch in 2010 so this new contract will signify a decade of service to one of the most prestigious and recognised buildings in the world and further underscores the confidence they have in our team,” said Oberlin.

Farnek has also been successful in renewing its cleaning contract with Oracle. The three-year contract will see 25 staff service the client’s 100,000 sqft state-of-the-art Media City-based commercial buildings.

Within the UAE’s expanding aviation sector, Farnek has renewed a two-year contract with Dubai Airports to continue to provide over 200 members of staff for soft FM services in Terminal 2.

In the medical sector, Kings College has awarded Farnek the contract to provide MEP and cleaning services to three of their centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including, Abu Dhabi Medical & Surgical Centre, Jumeriah Medical Centre and Marina Medical Centre.

“From a healthcare perspective we are acutely aware of the high hygiene and infection control standards and use our state-of-the-art training centre and knowledge to capitalise on our skills within this area when securing contracts. For other sectors, our BICSc accreditation is an additional international best practice benchmark,” added Oberlin

The Ministry of Community Development has contracted Farnek to mobilise over 100 staff for cleaning services across the UAE in 39 locations including community welfare centres, housing, offices and nursing homes.

In Abu Dhabi, cyber security firm DarkMatter has appointed Farnek for hard and soft FM services including MEP, security and cleaning. The team will be responsible for residential and office maintenance, including the company’s office in Aldar HQ, where staff will be trained on the strict security controls and standards in place, due to the nature of the company.

Finally, Farnek will add MEP, hard services and specialised systems to its existing Musanada portfolio in Abu Dhabi. For the first time Farnek will be responsible for providing MEP services to sports clubs, recreational facilities and horse racing events, further endorsing the company’s expertise and growth in both hard and soft FM services in the UAE.

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Gemini Property Developers restructures board as company plans expansion into India and Saudi Arabia

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  • Sailesh Jatania, former CEO, has now been given a strategic advisory role to the Board of Directors, will be overseeing Dh800 million real estate investment plan

Gemini Property Developers, a Dubai based boutique real estate developer, has announced the restructuring of its Board of Directors in the wake of planned expansion. Sailesh Jatania, former Chief Executive has been promoted to the position of Board Advisor, given his extensive experience of the UAE and the region’s real estate market. He has been moved from execution to strategic role.

Sailesh’s specialties include fast track project management, financial analysis, fund raising, process implementation, cost management, contracting & negotiations and team building.

As the CEO of Gemini Property Developers, he led the real estate development business of Gemini Group. He spearheaded end-to-end project objectives, procurement, contracting, construction, sales and marketing that were instrumental in successful timely completion of Dh300 million Splendor residential project at Mohammed Bin Rashid City, the debut project of Gemini. As a result this success helped the company in raising its market positioning and gaining investor confidence.

Sailesh Jatania is a seasoned and versatile professional with more than 35 years of business management experience. Sailesh has always been aggressive and innovative team player – ready to accept new challenges. After having a humble beginning, Sailesh has come a long way to work at the helm of affairs in prestigious real estate development.

Sudhakar Rao, Chairman of Gemini Property Developers and Chairman of Board of Directors, said: “I am pleased to announce that all board members unanimously accepted Sailesh Jatania as Advisor to the Board of Gemini Group. He is humble but with a hawk’s eye. Under his supervision, Gemini received a tremendous trust of investors. Our first project – Splendor – was completed on time and we have started handing it over to the residents. This calibre of leadership is a dream for every developer. Now, we want to capitalize on his strengths to achieve new milestones as we are expanding our footprint and move to newer territories.”

Sailesh Jatania, Advisor to the Board, Gemini Property Developers, said: “I am honoured to have the confidence of Gemini Board members, who entrusted me with a heavy mandate. I will be glad to share my experience and advise the board on taking Gemini to new heights of success and achieving further growth. I am sure we can achieve it with concerted efforts coupled with reinforcing team spirit. I am pleased to see that Gemini has achieved milestone by completing Splendor at MBR City on time, which has propelled the investor confidence.”

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Finland brings innovative business solutions to Expo 2020 Dubai

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  • Finland has officially announced the country’s participation at Expo 2020 during a press conference held today, Monday 12th November

Finland’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai was confirmed today by the Commissioner General of Finland for Dubai Expo Mr. Severi Keinälä and Mr. Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.

They were joined at a press conference by the Finnish Ambassador to the UAE, Ms. Riitta Swan.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Keinälä said: “Finland engages in international dialogue and seeks solutions through cooperation. Dubai Expo 2020 offers an incredible opportunity to strengthen existing ties and establish new connections with partners in the UAE, Arabic world and globally.”

“Finland is the greenest country in the world: fresh air, pure water, green forests, clean energy and clean technology. Our Nordic nature inspires us to find creative and sustainable solutions and the Finland Pavilion provides a cool shaded refuge for making connections.”

The Finland Pavilion is incorporating both Finnish and Arabic cultures

The unique Finland Pavilion takes inspiration from Finnish nature and design. The Pavilion building is incorporating visually both Finnish and Arabic cultures. The exterior of the pavilion is white as snow with an entrance that gives an impression of arriving in an Arabic tent. The snow in the exterior blankets the interior full of surprises for the visitor. In the middle the calm and natural Gorge provides a peaceful escape from the noise of the Expo world, while the exhibition itself is providing abundance of experiences and information about continuous innovation and sustainable solutions.

The pavilion will showcase the country’s competences and expertise across various business sectors including sustainability, technology and tourism with innovative content provided by our partners.

Sustainable Finnish business solutions in the UAE

There are strong business ties between Finland and the UAE.  The National Partners represented in the Finland Pavilion – KONE Corporation, Konecranes and Outotec – are heavily involved in major projects across the region.

KONE is a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry. The company operates in over 60 countries and has distributors in over 100 countries. In the Middle East, KONE has grown from a challenger to become the market leader, with operations in the UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain. The Expo 2020 Dubai further strengthens KONE’s leading position and will help the company broaden its long relationships with companies and partners in the region. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, and innovative solutions for maintenance and modernization, and its mission is to improve the flow of urban life. In addition to being a National Partner, KONE has also been selected to equip some of the most prominent sites at the World Expo with its safe and energy-efficient people flow solutions.

Konecranes, the world-leading group of lifting businesses is located in 50 countries around the world. Konecranes is the largest producer and service provider to the Middle East for cranes, lifting equipment and hoists.  The company’s focus is on new technology with a vision of making machines intelligent and aware of their condition for enhanced safety and productivity. Konecranes recently signed a new contract to supply 54 Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes as part of the expansion of Khalifa Port Container Terminal (KPCT).

Outotec is the world’s 5th most sustainable company on the Global 100 list. Outotec is an industry pioneer in the development of leading technologies and services for the mining, metal, energy and chemical industries. Outotec has designed and delivered various technology solutions for minerals processing, alumina refining and aluminum smelters in the United Arab Emirates, most recently two alumina calcination plants to Emirates Global and aluminum smelter technology to EMAL.

Finland as a travel destination

In addition to technology and sustainability, the UAE and Finland are also continuing to strengthen ties from a tourism perspective. Finnish national carrier, Finnair operates a service between October and March and Flydubai recently announced a year-round daily service to the Finnish capital Helsinki. Together they provide a solid bridge between our countries. Finnair also offers extensive connections from Helsinki onwards to northern and central Finland.

Nature continues to be Finland’s top attraction. In 2017 Lonely Planet selected Finland as the third best destination and last year Finland was also named the safest travel destination in the world by the World Economic Forum.

Finland can offer unique experiences to a range of different travelers year-round. Finland is full of interesting contrasts, such as the four seasons, the Midnight Sun and winter darkness, urban and rural, East and West.

New aspects of nature travel are the healing power of nature and well-being tourism that is built around nature experiences and services. Today, Finland is also regarded as a destination with a fascinating and unique urban culture. The new Finnish food scene and Helsinki’s design district are excellent examples of this.

“As a result of increased connectivity and dedicated marketing campaigns to the Middle East we’ve seen a huge rise in interest in Finland, particularly from the UAE where visitors increased by 30% in 2017, and with figures earlier in the year indicating an even stronger performance in 2018 we fully expect numbers, and receipts, to exceed 2017 levels,” said Joonas Halla, PR and Media Coordinator, VisitFinland.

“As a year-round destination, we have a portfolio offering that is unmatched by any other country in the world and this is why we believe we are in a prime position to attract increased numbers of Middle East visitors to our wonderful country,” he added.

The focus on pure nature and sustainability is also seen across Finland’s tourism industry. More than 75% of hotel rooms in Helsinki are certified as environmentally friendly, exemplified by Helsinki-based luxury hotel group, Kämp Collection Hotels, which has received the International Green Key certification for each of its 10 hotels.


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Tony Lo Coco brings Michelin starred flavours to Armani/Ristorante

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Join celebrated Chef Tony Lo Coco of Sicilian restaurant, I Pupi at Armani/Ristorante from 21-22 November 2018 to experience a four or seven-course menu featuring a collection of his signature recipes.

The Palermo based self-taught chef whose restaurant boasts a Michelin star, makes a welcome return to Dubai as an honoured guest chef of the 10th annual Italian World Culinary Summit. In town for two nights only, he will take over the Armani/Ristorante kitchen to share his unique interpretation of traditional dishes infused with local ingredients and plenty of excitement, memories, and passion.

Take a journey to the heartland of Sicily with recipes including Blue Fin Tuna Strips with Bottarga Sauce and Caramelised Bread, a reinvented Sicilian Chickpea Pancake, Lobster and Buckwheat Spaghetti Soup, Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Herring Sauce and Wild Goosefoot Herbs, and an assortment of lemon textured desserts.

Date 21-22 November 2018

Price: Four-Course Menu – AED 450 per person; Seven-Course Menu – AED 650 per person

Venue: Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai

For reservations, please call +971 4 888 3666 or email


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GAC Inaugurates New Dubai South Contract Logistics Facility

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  • AED 100 million investment underlines contract logistics pioneer’s commitment to the region

A quarter of a century after opening the first distribution centre in the Middle East, GAC Dubai has officially unveiled its new purpose-built contract logistics facility, at Dubai South.

The inauguration ceremony was held under the patronage of His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC) & Dubai South, and attended by GAC Group President Bengt Ekstrand, GAC Group Vice President for the Middle East Fredrik Nyström, GAC Dubai Managing Director Ronald Lichtenecker, and Saadi Abdul Rahim Hassan Al Rais, Chairman of the Board for GAC Dubai, as well as partners and customers.

The AED 100 million facility (USD 27 million), which broke ground in December 2016 and began operations in May this year, is the largest and most sophisticated in the company’s history. It adds to GAC’s existing contract logistics capacity and complements established facilities in the Jebel Ali and Dubai Airport Free Zones, bringing its total capacity to more than 170,000 pallet positions to provide local and regional customers with a single solution to their complex storage, transportation, value added services and documentation requirements.

“GAC was a pioneer when we arrived in Dubai in 1967, and when we opened the region’s first distribution centre in 1993. Our latest addition in Dubai South continues that pioneering tradition,” says GAC Group President, Bengt Ekstrand. “I firmly believe this new facility will give our customers the highest standards of service, security and cost-effectiveness in the UAE.”

“The new Dubai South contract logistics facility has been designed to meet a higher standard than what is currently available in the market, from operational efficiency and dynamism through to environmental systems,” adds Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager for Contract Logistics. “The facility has been extremely well-received, and this is thanks to the dedication and synergy of the team that worked on this project.”

The 45,900 pallet, two-chamber temperature- and humidity-controlled facility is designed to handle a diverse range of product categories including fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), food & beverage, beauty products and dangerous goods (DG) of classes 2, 3, 5.1 and 8. It also features a 2,400sqm dedicated Value-Added Services (VAS) facility, offering an extensive range of value-added services to meet customers’ requirements and international quality standards.

Since operations started in May, several new contracts have been signed with clients from the travel retail, FMCG and other sectors. Currently, the facility holds 21,500 occupied pallet positions of goods and handles around 60 vehicle movements per day.

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Ludos will hold an event in Dubai on 21 Nov to celebrate getting the investment from SoftBank and others.

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Ludos, a decentralized revolution of gaming ecosystem, is happily announced that it at first obtained investment from SoftBank, followed by Collinstar Capital, Du Capital, BA Capital. Some big companies such as IBM, Lotte Corporation and Bank of Yokoma are also interested in Ludos.

Ludos will had an event in Dubai at 16:00-20:00 on Nov. 21st, 2018 (UTC/GMT +4). The first meeting will be hosted in Conrad Dubai (P.O Box 115143 Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai, UAE) . Mr. Jin Tai, one of co-founders, will deliver a speech and lead the Q&A session. Ludos’ founders, co-founders as well as Middle East Investors will be present.

Besides, Fuad Farooq Abdul Qader Bastaki, CEO of Zabeel Group, will be present and make a speech. Zabeel Group is a company with the background of power source, electronics, retail, financial and etc in UAE.

Meanwhile, many distinguished guests include famous brand ambassadors Peter DU, and actors like Ali, who is known as a racing-driver and acted in many TV series in UAE. Royal members of Dubai and mysterious celebrity will also attend the event.

Traditional games will sometime cause some illegal operations, and making in-game profits or digital assets to be unprotected, while Ludos is different. Ludos Protocol is based on multiple side-chain technology. One chain is for one game, it’s the first realization of cross-chain interactive function, which allows players to transfer digital assets across games and chains.

Its management team consists of outstanding game developers such as cryptologists and data experts. And one of the team member has developed popular games and made great achievements in many big brand companies.

Ludos aims to build a comprehensive blockchain gaming ecosystem, integrate gaming community, developers, artists and investors together. Developer of IG, Mr. Sephirex, won the league of Legends 2018 World Championship, and Ludos hope to follow IG’s footsteps to revolutionize games in the future.

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VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show signs two strategic partnerships in support of designers

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VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show (VOD DIJS) – the definitive B2B and B2C jewellery event in the MENA region organised by DV Global Link – a joint venture between Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) – has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting local talent with the announcement of two exciting partnerships with 55FIFTY7 and Qelada, an initiative of the Ministry of Community Development, for this year’s show at Dubai World Trade Centre, from November 14th to 17th.

55FIFTY7, the unique diamond studio, will launch two projects: the Independent Designer’s Space and the Children’s Competition. Both are primarily focussed on nurturing, enlightening, and inspiring aspiring local jewellery design talent, as well as providing a fun and educational workshop and competition for children at the 55FIFTY7 studio, with the winner being announced at VOD DIJS.

Qelada is a government initiative which aims to empower people of determination aged between 17 and 20 years, and employ their immense creative talents to design exquisite jewellery and showcase artistic products, such as bracelets, necklaces, brooches and cufflinks. 55FIFTY7 then transforms their designs into physical items of jewellery, which will be available at VOD DIJS.

Speaking about VOD Dubai International Show’s involvement with the upcoming initiatives, Luca Veronesi, Show Director with DV Global Link, commented, “It’s a privilege to host the Qelada and 55FIFTY7 Children’s Competition at this year’s show. VOD DIJS is the perfect platform for these two empowering and uplifting projects and we are extremely encouraged by the massive response to such positive design-focused initiatives – a real sign of the huge interest in and demand for new and creative designs in the jewellery industry. We are confident that these two beneficial projects will leave a lasting impression on retailers, media representatives and visitors at VOD DIJS, and demonstrate the immense creative potential that exists among children and people of determination.”

The Independent Designer’s Space

The Independent Designer’s Space will showcase six talented designers allowing them to feature their remarkable designs and will also open retail opportunities with consumers attending the show.

The Children’s Competition

VOD DIJS and 55FIFTY7 will also host an exciting competition offering children, between the ages of 10 and 16, the chance to channel their creative skills by designing pendants that represent ‘Happiness’.

Expressing her enthusiasm about the collaboration with VOD DIJS, Maryam Hassani, Co-Founder of and Principal Designer for 55FIFTY7, stated, “I’m so honoured to join this year’s VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show to present not only my own collections, but to also be able to showcase, on an international platform, the works of some of the most talented local designers we have. We are eager to utilise this show as an outlet to encourage aspiring young designers to continue to hone their skills, learn and get inspired, by meeting some of the most successful people in the global jewellery industry.”


Qelada is part of an initiative that ties in with the national policy which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to empower people of determination. The project creates artistic jewellery products designed by people of determination from the UAE: about 10 girls, aged between 17 and 20, have been chosen to present their designs at the VOD DIJS.

The products displayed will include bracelets, necklaces, brooches, and cufflinks, crafted using red, green, blue, and RGB stones, as well as gold-plated silver and silver-plated rhodium.

Speaking about the upcoming collaboration with VOD DIJS, Wafa Hamad Bin Sulaiman, Director of Welfare & Rehabilitation Department for People of Determination, in the Ministry of Community Development, said: “We are so proud to be showcasing the creative efforts of Qelada at such a prestigious event. It is important that we highlight the active role the people of determination play as designers in the UAE’s jewellery sector. Their designs are unique and reflective of their beautiful hearts and stories. They are worth discovering and supporting, so we look forward to seeing you all at this year’s VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show.”

The highly anticipated VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show 2018 opens from 2pm to 10pm on November 14th, 15th and 17th, and from 3pm to 10pm on Friday, November 16th. Entry is free. Registration for trade visitors is now open. For more details, please visit


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Number plate 7 sells for Dh5 million at a public auction for distinguished number plates in Sharjah

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The number plate (7) recorded the highest bid in a public auction organized by Emirates Auction, the leading company in the field of management and organization of public and online auctions in the Middle East, in cooperation and coordination with the Sharjah Police Headquarters. The number was sold for Dh5 million after a fierce competition was witnessed between bidders at the auction, which was held on Saturday night at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre in Sharjah.

The number plate (20) recorded the second highest bid in the auction with Dh1.900 million, while the number plate (14) came in third with a winning bid of Dh1.810 million. On the other hand, the number plate (55) witnessed the highest number of bids and was sold for Dh1.550 million, followed by the number plate (69) which recorded the second highest number of bids before being sold for Dh1.250 million.

The auction concluded its activities with great success in terms of attendance, competitive environment, sales and customer satisfaction. The auction was held in the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Central Department of Finance; Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police; Colonel Ali Bualzod, Director of the Vehicles and Drivers’ Licensing Department at Sharjah Police; HE Abdulla M. AlMannaei, Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates Auction; and a number of senior officers from Sharjah Police, as well as a large crowd of enthusiasts and media representatives.

Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of the Sharjah Police, congratulated all the winners at the auction. He expressed that Sharjah Police is keen to continue to organize this type of initiative that aims to support the development goals of the emirate of Sharjah, and to contribute in enhancing the community policing services in accordance to the best global practices. He also praised the efforts of Emirates Auction for their success in organizing auctions that have a high level of professionalism, ease and transparency, which aligns with the Sharjah police standards for serving its patrons.

HE Abdulla M. AlMannaei, Chairman and Managing Director of Emirates Auction, stressed that the company is committed to providing the best services and organizing the best auctions that comply with the vision and standards of all the partners of Emirates Auction, as part of the company’s continuous efforts to maintain its leadership in the management and organization of public and online auctions in the Middle East.

AlMannaei expressed his thanks to the Sharjah Police Headquarters for their continued trust in Emirates Auction. He stressed that the company is keen to strengthen its existing partnership with Sharjah Police by continuing to organize the most successful auctions in accordance to the best international standards and practices, which ensures that it achieves positive results that serves Sharjah Police’s strategic goals and helps in achieving the satisfaction of its customers.

The winners of the auction will receive a certificate of ownership after the payment process is completed, and bidders were able to waive the numbers that they have won to others during the auction.

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