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ATCUAE research, Al Ain Water stations help competitors fight off threat of dehydration

When Sam Sunderland sets off in pursuit of a second bikes crown in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge Powered by Nissan, the British rider faces a number of battles over five days in the deserts of the UAE.

Taking place under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in Al Dafrah Region, the Desert Challenge is also supported Abu Dhabi Aviation, Abu Dhabi Police, ADNOC, Al Dhafra Region Ruler’s Representative Court, National Ambulance, Nissan, United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and Yas Marina Circuit. The Nissan Patrol is the official car for the event.

Sunderland, winner in 2017 shortly after capturing the Dakar Rally title, will be up against the cream of cross country rallying talent in a line-up of 41 riders for the opening round of this year’s FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

None of them know the demanding terrain better than the KTM star for whom Dubai became his adopted home 10 years ago, and when the rally breaks out in to the Al Dafrah Region on Sunday morning, no-one will be better prepared for the gruelling test ahead.

For bike and quad riders, particularly the amateurs sharing the stage with the world’s best, the threat of dehydration is ever present in the desert heat, with many facing the exhausting task of digging themselves free from the soft sand traps along the five-day route from 31 March.

“All of our races are in extreme environments and it’s necessary to take care about your fluid and electrolytes, but I think most of the top riders have this under control,” said Sunderland, speaking from the KTM training camp in Morocco.

“It’s normally new riders that aren’t used to the heat or exertion for long periods of time that come unstuck. I’m in very good shape, which is important at the start of a new season, of course once you have won the race once it has to be your goal to do it again and that’s what I will be aiming for. We will just have to see how the strategy plays out without a prologue.”

Research carried out by the Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE, the rally organisers, in conjunction with Al Ain Water has spotlighted the risks, and effects of dehydration.

“It’s a very serious threat to both competitors and volunteers working in high temperatures,” said ATCUAE President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the FIA Vice President for Sport. “Dehydration affects physical and mental performance, and even at low levels can have severe physiological effects. Side effects include poor concentration, co-ordination and reaction time and that can lead to accidents. So keeping competitors and volunteers hydrated is a major priority.”

With Al Ain Water stations set up along the five-day rally route, competitors, officials, and the volunteer marshals working out in the desert for hours on end never run short.

“This has been our mission for the past 14 years as the official supplier of Al Ain Water,” said Eng. Tariq Ahmed Al Wahedi, CEO, Agthia Group PJSC. “We’re proud of our record in making sure that everyone involved in the rally is properly hydrated throughout the five days.”

Runner up last year, Sunderland faces top opposition this time from a succession of factory team stars, including the rider who finished just behind him Argentinian Kevin Benavides and his Honda team-mates Joan Barreda Bort of Spain and Chile’s Jose Cornejo, as well as KTM’s Argentinian rider Luciano Benavides and American Husqvarna contender Andrew Short.

“I always tried to ride in the dunes the months before Abu Dhabi and it’s a very specific terrain and requires a different set up and riding technique than the other rallies,” said Sunderland. “We have just finished here in Morocco testing and training for Abu Dhabi.”

The Desert Challenge rider line-up has a family flavour, with the Dubai-based Irish father and son combination of David and William McBride trying to outdo each other again after William finished ahead in the recent Dubai International Baja.

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Football legend Puyol among the stars to feature in glittering HBL PSL closing ceremony

The Pakistan Cricket Board has planned an impressive closing ceremony of the HBL Pakistan Super League 2019, which will start at 6pm before the toss takes place at 730pm and the first ball is bowled at 8pm.

A galaxy of international stars will perform at the closing ceremony, whose chief guest will be honourable Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah. The ceremony will be hosted by one of the most popular anchors and singers, Karachi’s very own Fakhar-e-Alam. Spain’s football star Carles Puyol will be a special guest at the closing ceremony. The Barcelona central defender earned 100 international caps and won the Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010.

The leading performers to display their talent include Abrar-ul-Haq, Aima Baig, Shuja Haider, Fawad Khan, Young Desi with the final performance of the ceremony by the heart-throb Junoon. 

The PCB has also planned a spectacular fireworks display, which will start after the final ends.

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Road Safety Awareness Campaign Calls Upon Drivers to Change Their Bad Driving Habits

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This week, The Road Safety Awareness Campaign launched by AETOSWire, the news distribution arm of NSG and the exclusive representative of Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, in MENA region; and RoadSafetyUAE, an initiative that aims to bring about safety to roads in the region, turn their attention to encouraging drivers to change their bad driving habits starting this Ramadan.

Two weeks into the initiative, the campaign focused on the importance of self-awareness and self-control while fasting and time-management in preventing accidents on the road.  Carrying the hashtag #HappyNotHastyRamadan, the campaign has already garnered attention and engaged various sectors from the public.  It hopes to reach and engage more people during the third week of Ramadan.

“Statistics show that 45% of UAE motorists speed out of habit,” Thomas Edelmann, RoadSafetyUAE Founder and Managing Director, shared.  “Based on the 2017 research by i-Insured, Ramadan claims or accidents were highest in middle-aged male drivers (40 years old and above) taking 31% of the total count.  The older we get, the harder it is to break out of a long-standing habit so it is one of the main focus of the campaign,” he added.

Meanwhile, President and CEO of NSG, AETOSWire, and Esmaa News, Mr. Tony AbiHanna, added, “There are a lot of bad habits that drivers may consider as negligible such as using a cellphone while driving, not wearing a seatbelt, not checking for blind spots, not using turn signals, cutting off lines, accelerating through yellow lights, etc. that in fact become the major cause of accidents.”

So he advised that, “Take the time to observe your driving habits and see what needs to be changed.  Take the first step this Ramadan to be a better and responsible driver.  It can really save lives especially your own.”

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Huge celebrations in Silverstone: first podium for Audi driver Andreas Bakkerud

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  • Norwegian second on World Rallycross Championship premiere in Silverstone
  • Mattias Ekström completes string result for EKS Audi Sport with fourth place

Huge celebrations in Silverstone (Great Britain): in his fourth event for EKS Audi Sport in the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX), Andreas Bakkerud made the step onto the winners’ podium for the first time after finishing second. Mattias Ekström completed the strong showing of the powerful 580 hp Audi S1 EKS RX quattro with fourth place.

The first outing for the World Rallycross Championship on the traditional race track in Silverstone was a complete success. Thousands of spectators celebrated for three long days the Speedmachine festival, at which they enjoyed incredibly exciting motorsport. As was the case in the opening three World Championship rounds, Audi, Peugeot and Volkswagen battled on a totally equal footing on the new race track.

For the third time this year, both EKS Audi Sport drivers qualified for the final featuring the best six. Starting alongside each other on the second row, Bakkerud held a better line in turn one and in doing so secured second place behind Johan Kristoffersson in the Volkswagen. The Norwegian missed out on victory by a mere 0.859 seconds.

Ekström initially lay immediately behind the leading duo. After the joker lap, the Swede was passed by Sébastien Loeb and ultimately had to settle for fourth place. “I didn’t realize that Loeb was so close behind me, which is why I stayed on the normal racing line,” said Ekström. “

Bakkerud made his fourth appearance in the final on his fourth start for EKS Audi Sport. After having inherited third place at the season opener in Barcelona due to his team mate being excluded from the results, he took his first ‘real’ podium at the wheel of the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro in Silverstone. “It feels great to be on the podium for the first time with my new team and Audi,” said Bakkerud. “The pressure on me has now dropped. First I had to familiarize myself with the new car, but I’ve now achieved this thanks to the fantastic support from the entire team.”

Bakkerud and Ekström improved in the drivers’ standing to take third and fifth places respectively. In the teams’ classification EKS Audi Sport moved up to second place.

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Travel suppliers eye India’s USD 45 billion outbound tourism market at MILT Congress 2018

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  • India is now the world’s 8th largest business travel market

As India maintains its double-digit annual growth in the outbound MICE and luxury travel segment, travel and tourism businesses around the world are looking to capitalize on the country’s growth potential by Forging business opportunities and partnerships with leading Indian corporates and luxury travel specialists at the 6th annual MICE India and Luxury Travel (MILT) Congress, the premier B2B event that caters to both the business travel and luxury tourism sectors in India.

Organized by Dubai-based QnA International, the MILT Congress will be held this year in two iconic Indian cities – in Mumbai, the country’s commercial capital, from July 25-26, and in national capital Delhi from July 31-August 01.

By 2030, the value of India’s business travel market is expected to reach USD 93 billion and, as global travel and tourism suppliers eyeing a slice of this lucrative market keep searching for new opportunities to tap into, they are once again turning their attention to the annual MILT Congress, which has become a must-attend event for anyone interested in capitalizing on India’s outbound MICE and luxury travel buyers’ needs.

Noting that Indian corporates remain largely unaffected by the global slowdown and continue to spend big on corporate travel, Hassan Madah, Director, Israel Ministry of Tourism – India & Philippines, said, “Indians are now travelling abroad throughout the year for business. We had a total of around 60,000 Indian tourists visiting Israel in 2017. Platforms like the MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress are crucial as it offers an opportunity to connect and network with travel decision-makers at leading Indian corporates. We see a lot of growth in the outbound MICE segment from India in the coming years.”

Stephanie Tanpure, Vice President of Sales, Sands China Ltd., commented:  “As Asia’s leading integrated resort for business and leisure, Sands Resorts Macao is delighted to be the Platinum Partner of MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress. With over 85% market share of overnight Indian guests coming to Macao, India is one of our most important markets, and this key event provides the opportunity to connect with existing and potential clients looking for the ultimate meetings experience. The key to sustained growth is diversification, and since opening The Venetian Macao in 2007 we have increased our hotel offering, which now includes The Parisian Macao; Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central; Conrad Macao, Cotai Central; Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central; and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central. In this way, we are able to appeal to both the luxury and family markets.”

Speaking about how Sydney is emerging as a popular destination for business travelers from India, Liza Bajracharya, Assistant Director of South East Asia, India & Japan, Business Events Sydney (BESydney), said, “Sydney is a drawcard destination for Indian companies looking to reward, motivate and inspire their teams. We have seen significant growth from the Indian market in terms of both number of events and number of participants recently. Overseas arrivals from India have tripled in a decade and our popularity with Indian incentive trips reflects this continued rise in interest in the Harbour City.”

India’s emergence as the world’s fastest growing outbound travel market after China has coincided with the steadily rising reputation of the GCC, and particularly the city of Dubai, as an attractive MICE destination. By far the most popular location in the Middle East for trade shows and exhibitions, Dubai accounts for more than a quarter of the GCC’s USD 1.27 billion (AED 4.7 billion) MICE market. The city is India’s top outbound MICE market, ranking ahead of Singapore and Bangkok.

The UAE’s capital city Abu Dhabi, too, is making significant strides in attracting MICE tourists. The Emirate is targeting 3 million business visitors by 2021, by which year it also expects the MICE industry to account for 4% of its GDP. Not surprisingly, India is among the largest source markets for MICE tourism in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and the travel and hospitality companies in both the Emirates are looking to further expand their reach in the Indian market by taking advantage of the unique networking opportunities provided by MILT Congress 2018 with its high-profile buyer lineup.

India has recently moved up two places to become the eighth largest business travel market in the world, and business travel spending in the country is projected to record a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12% through 2020. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), meanwhile, has forecasted that India will account for 50 million outbound tourists by 2020. Business and luxury travel is expected to make up a significant share of the total volume of outbound travel, with one report indicating the country is on track to generating 6.5 million outbound luxury and MICE tourists annually by 2020.

Ackash Jain, Director, QnA International, said, “India has been maintaining an annual GDP growth rate of 6-8 percent since 2013, and this strong economic momentum is rubbing off on the country’s outbound MICE and luxury travel sector, enabling these segments to post a double digit year-on-year growth. Additionally, the rise of incentive travel, which has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments within India’s outbound business travel market, is opening a new dimension of opportunities for travel and hospitality suppliers around the world.”

“The MILT Congress is the only event that allows travel and tourism businesses in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere to meet and engage one-on-one with decision-makers from India’s leading corporations and luxury travel specialists who are involved in finalizing MICE and luxury travel activities,” he added.

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Dubai Municipality organized an Iftar for scrap collection labours and DM site staff at Bayada Landfill

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To celebrate the Year of Zayed 2018 which promotes the values of tolerance, progression, environmentalism, leadership and charity , Dubai Municipality organized an Iftar on 29th May 2018 for 500 scrap collection labours and DM site staff at Bayada Landfill, Dubai Al Ain road in support with Istanbul Group of Companies,  Al Tamimi Engg Services and Orchid Vue Hotel.

Eng. Naji Alradhi, Waste Management & Treatment Expert, Mr. Sadin Al Falasi, Head of Treatment Systems Unit, Waste Management Department along with several other senior officials were present at the event for distribution of Iftar meals to the labors, company staff  & DM staff .

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Announcement of the baa atoll summer festival in Maldives with 6 resorts coming together as one destination

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Summer is coming and what better way to welcome our guests than joining forces with other resorts in Baa Atoll to offer our best, as a destination?

With this thought in mind, resorts namely – Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani, Amilla Fushi, Vakkarau Maldives and Finolhu, all located in Baa Atoll have come together to celebrate the Summer Festival with a bang in Baa Atoll calling it the “Baa Atoll Summer Festival 2018”. This first ever and one-of-its-kind festival will be held from 20th July to 3rd August 2018, bringing the best each resort has to offer in the dining scene. Guests from each resort will have the opportunity to experience the varied cuisines Baa Atoll has to offer as a destination, on dedicated nights. This will give them a taste of our creativity and service, with a chance to explore other islands during their stay.

As per MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators), Destination Marketing is the new trend Maldives is aiming for. Stats show that the tourism industry has welcomed more than 1.3 million tourists in 2017 and this number will grow for the market this year and in the years to come.

“The Baa Atoll Festival is a brilliant concept and opportunity, and hopefully becomes an annual event that resorts and guests look forward to. And I hope this festival will be marketed to tourists around the world through all these resorts PR channels”, says MATATO President Abdulla Ghiyas.

On Wednesday, 9th May 2018, all participating resorts came together in Soneva Fushi Sandbank to bring this festival to light with an official announcement during a gathering with Chefs, Marine Biologists and the leaders.

The Baa Atoll Festival will officially launch on Friday, 20th July 2018, with a cocktail event in each of the resorts where the teams will celebrate with their guests the opening night. From Saturday, 21st July, each resort will welcome the guests from other resorts with a special set menu for dinner in their featured dining restaurant, for two consecutive weeks on a designated night.

This gives the resort the opportunity to showcase its ‘Dining Scene’ to the guests of the resort itself and those visiting from the other islands for dinner, transportation will be organized by the respective resorts to the featured resort on a daily basis, for a minimum charge of $25++ per person. If the guests would like to repeat their experience in a specific resort, then special arrangements will be made to accommodate the same. Each resort will present a set menu for $120++ per person on food with a special menu for kids. Therefore the price of the menu in each featured restaurant will remain the same. This is compiled with an aim to create an experience for the guests as the talented chefs unveil their dishes.

This destination dining concept aims to tantalize the taste buds of our guests in all participating resorts and make Baa Atoll location in Maldives a ‘must visit’ Atoll during summer. Moreover, during this summer festival, each resort will offer a calendar of activities to keep the entire family entertained, from water sports to kids’ activities and more. It is fun time for all!

The team have come together to show the strength in the form of a dedicated website and social media account that will be constantly updated with beach activities, events and water experiences. With this first ever event, Baa Atoll destination has created a benchmark for itself and aims to be more creative in the years to come with the support of Maldives Media.

The Baa Atoll Festival closing ceremony will once again bring the teams together in celebration, on a Sandbank for a Catamaran Regatta competition on Sunday, 3rd August 2018.


  • Saturday, 21st July & 28th July: Amilla Fushi
  • Sunday, 22nd July & 29th July: Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  • Monday, 23rd July & 30th July: Finolhu
  • Tuesday, 24th July & 31st July: Dusit Thani
  • Wednesday, 25th July & 1st August: Soneva Fushi
  • Thursday, 26th July & 2nd August: Vakkaru Maldives

Visit: for more information and follow us on Instagram:@Baa_Atoll_ Festival #SummerFestival #DineAroundinBaa #TourDeBaa #ItsBetterInBaa #DineAround

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Emirates SkyCargo wins more accolades

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Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, continues to win international recognition for its commitment to develop air transportation solutions customised to the requirements of its customers across the globe. The air cargo carrier has recently garnered a number of prestigious awards at global industry forums.

Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award

Emirates SkyCargo was awarded the Air Cargo Industry Achievement Award at the World Air Cargo Awards 2018 organised by Air Cargo Week in Shanghai. Based on popular vote, the award reflects the opinions of stakeholders across the global cargo industry and is therefore an important achievement for Emirates SkyCargo. It is also a valuable recognition of the success of the innovative and industry-focused solutions that the air cargo carrier has recently introduced including Emirates Pharma- for the secure transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals; Emirates Fresh- for transporting fresh produce such as fruits, vegetables, sea food and meat; Emirates Wheels for moving luxury and premium automobiles; and Emirates AOG for the rapid transportation of aircraft parts.

Best Carrier- ‘Flown as Booked’ and ‘Customer Satisfaction’

Emirates SkyCargo was also recognised with two awards at the ‘Quality Awards Italy’, organised by ANAMA (Italy IATA Airfreight Forwarders Association), which recognises cargo carriers for their commitment to quality of service and customer focus. Emirates SkyCargo overcame strong competition to pick up two prizes for Best Carrier in the categories ‘Flown as booked’ and ‘Customer satisfaction’. The awards ceremony was held in Milan and was attended by over 400 air-cargo industry leaders, airlines and guests.

Best International Cargo Airline 2018

For the third time in a row, Emirates SkyCargo was also crowned ‘Best International Cargo Airline’ by BIAL (Bangalore International Airport Limited) at their annual BIAL Pinnacle Awards Ceremony. Emirates SkyCargo commenced operations to Bengaluru in 2006 and has since then been an important facilitator for international trade from the region. Emirates SkyCargo offers cargo capacity to Indian businesses through its network in India which also covers Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.

Emirates SkyCargo, the world’s largest international cargo airline measured by Freight Tonne Kilometres, posted a strong performance for the 2017/18 financial year reporting a total revenue of US$ 3.4 billion (AED 12.4 billion), an increase of 17% from the previous year. The air cargo carrier offers customers cargo capacity on its modern, all wide-body fleet of over 265 aircraft including 14 freighters- 3 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747F

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Sahara Centre customers can win a luxurious Range Rover Velar during its Ramadan and Summer Promotion

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Or a package trip to 1 of 4 Fashion Capitals of the World

Sahara Centre, Sharjah’s leading retail, dining and leisure destination, is organizing its annual Ramadan and Summer Promotion titled: ‘Arrive In Style Like Never Before,’ by offering its customers a chance to win one of two Range Rover Velars or a package trip for two to one of the four fashion capitals of the world — Milan, Paris, London and New York. The mega promotion will run from 17th May to 15th August, giving customers a golden window of opportunity to become winners at the mall this summer.

Akram Ammar, Managing Director of Sahara Centre, commented: “Our luxurious Ramadan and Summer Promotion captures the generous spirit of the holy month and carries it throughout the summer season, rewarding our loyal customers and celebrating with them at this joyous time of year. It is always our most exciting promotion of the year and represents the pinnacle of our rolling calendar of raffle-based competitions, which take place every two to three months. We hope that customers will make the most of this opportunity to win prizes that will truly enhance their lives.”

Any customers who spend a minimum of AED 200 at Sahara Centre during the campaign will enter the draw, while those who spend the same amount at Matalan will receive five digital coupons instead of one. Female customers can double their chances by spending AED 200 between 10am and 1pm to receive two digital coupons, and the same goes for customers who spend AED 200 at any restaurant in the Restaurant Area on the 2nd level of the East Atrium.

The first draw will take place on Thursday 28th June at 7pm, when one lucky customer will drive away in the first Range Rover Velar and the winners of the first two package trips will also be announced. The second Range Rover Velar will be raffled off at the grand draw on Wednesday 15th August at 7pm, alongside the winners of the two final package trips.

Customers are urged to visit Sahara Centre while the competition lasts for the unique chance to drive away in the car of their dreams or journey to one of the world’s most stylish cities.

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My Emirates Pass is back for the summer giving travellers more reasons to explore the UAE

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Emirates is giving customers even more reasons to explore Dubai and the United Arab Emirates with the return of its signature pass this summer.  ‘My Emirates Pass’  turns the Emirates boarding pass into an exclusive membership card, giving travellers exclusive offers and discounts within the UAE.

Emirates customers flying to or through Dubai between 1 June and 31 August 2018 can take advantage of a range of offers at some of Dubai’s best known hotspots by simply showing their boarding pass* and a valid form of identification.

My Emirates Pass gives customers exclusive offers at over 250 locations including world class restaurants. Special privileges are also available on a range of leisure activities including visits to thrilling theme parks or luxury spas across the city. For the first time, retail outlets have also been added to the mix giving special discounts at select fashion and fitness brands. To see all My Emirates Pass offers, please click here.

“My Emirates Pass is the best way to explore Emirates’ hub Dubai and the rest of the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is one of the world’s most vibrant cities, with a diverse array of experiences to suit every taste. The city has a growing list of new attractions and world-class facilities, giving visitors something new to explore whether it’s their first time or a return trip,” says Mohammad Al Hashimi, Vice President, Commercial Products Dubai, Emirates airline.

The family-friendly destination offers year-round sunshine, world-class shopping and restaurants, stunning beaches and iconic buildings. Visitors to Dubai can use My Emirates Pass to enjoy world-class attractions including Dubai Parks and Resorts which features three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and LEGOLAND® Water Park.

Emirates’ hub in Dubai provides direct connections to over 150 cities across its six-continent network including upcoming destinations to be launched this summer – Santiago, Chile and London Stansted. The airline offers excellent onboard service from an international cabin crew who come from 135 nationalities and speak over 60 languages.  Emirates provides quality products and value for money with lie-flat beds in Business Class, the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy class at 13.3 inches and up to 3,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on ice, its award-winning inflight entertainment system.

Those travelling with children can take advantage of Emirates’ extensive family offering from priority boarding at all airports to special kid’s meals, dedicated children’s entertainment on ice and exclusive toys and Lonely Planet Kids activity bags on board. Emirates Skywards, the airline’s award-winning loyalty programme, has also recently introduced an enriched offering called ‘My Family’ which allows family members to pool up to 100% of Skywards Miles earned on Emirates flights, and redeem rewards faster than before.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions for this offer, visit

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Titan Aviation, a leading provider of aircraft management, aircraft sales and air charter services in the Middle East and India, has secured two new international Air Operator Certificates (AOC) and laid out its ambitious global growth strategy at EBACE 2018 – Europe’s premier aviation event.

Having recently obtained an AOC from San Marino and FAA Part 135 charter operator certification, adding to its existing EASA, Cayman and DGCA accreditations, Titan Aviation’s immediate growth strategy has already seen the Dubai-headquartered company – now in its 14th year of operation with Titan Aviation India launching nine years ago – open eight new bases across Europe and the USA, and hugely strengthen its operations team.

“We are growing and expanding into the global market with the latest two certifications facilitating our international aircraft management and charter business with aircraft registered in San Marino or the USA now flying all over the world,” said.

With offices in San Marino, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Florida, New Jersey and New York, Titan now has 25 aircraft in its globally managed fleet, including Lineage 1000, Bombardier Global 6000, Legacy 650 and Gulfstream, with several available for charter.

“Our target is to have 20 jets under management in Europe within two years and 50 in the USA within the same timescale of 2020,” explained Sheik. “The new AOCs and offices leave us well placed to reach these aims. We are now servicing the main European and American business and leisure destinations preferred by our clients in the Middle East and India, while providing seamless access to and from the USA and Europe.”

Titan’s new global operations team heading up the growth programme includes: Captain Joachim Begründe who becomes Head of Europe Base; Henri Lauras as President of Aircraft Sales; Ilaria Cecere who takes on the mantle of Support Services Manager for Europe; James Coak who becomes VP Business Development; Horm Irani, General Manager and Head of US Base; Louis Ridley, Chief Pilot, and Steve Zirelli who joins the Titan Board in the USA.

“This is a highly-skilled cadre of multi-national experts who bring a deep understanding of US, European and global aviation to the business. As we look to greatly widen our wing print within a jet-speed timeframe, Titan is now offering 360-degree aviation solutions around-the-clock,” said Sheik.

Titan’s international growth march also includes expanding its influence into the medevac arena, particularly in the UAE where a gap in the market has arisen with the withdrawal of Abu Dhabi’s Royal Jet from the sector. “We are looking at medevac aircraft that can also be converted into a VIP charter aircraft – and we are looking far beyond the Middle East, with our current footprint which is truly global,” added Sheik.

As a first step towards a fully-fledged medevac operation, Titan is currently finalizing a partnership with a large hospital group in the United Arab Emirates, to provide its specialist medical care operations.

Titan Aviation is gearing up for a series of major announcements during the last quarter of 2018.

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High protein diet slightly increases heart failure risk in middle-aged men

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For middle-aged men, eating higher amounts of protein was associated with a slightly elevated risk for heart failure than those who ate less protein, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. Proteins from fish and eggs were not associated with heart failure risk in this study. The findings were reported in Circulation: Heart Failure.

Despite the popularity of high protein diets, there is little research about how diets high in protein might impact men’s heart failure risk.

“As many people seem to take the health benefits of high-protein diets for granted, it is important to make clear the possible risks and benefits of these diets,” said Jyrki Virtanen, PhD, study author and an adjunct professor of nutritional epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. “Earlier studies have linked diets high in protein – especially from animal sources — with increased risks of type 2 diabetes and even death.”

Researchers studied 2,441 men, age 42 to 60, at the study’s start and followed them for an average 22 years. Overall, researchers found 334 cases of heart failure were diagnosed during the study and 70 percent of the protein consumed was from animal sources and 27.7 percent from plant sources. Higher intake of protein from most dietary sources, was associated with slightly higher risk. Only proteins from fish and eggs were not associated with heart failure risk in this study, researchers said.

For this study, researchers divided the men into four groups based on their daily protein consumption. When they compared men who ate the most protein to those who ate the least, they found their risk of heart failure was:

  • 33 percent higher for all sources of protein;
  • 43 percent higher for animal protein;
  • 49 percent higher for dairy protein;
  • 17 percent higher for plant protein.

“As this is one of the first studies reporting on the association between dietary protein and heart failure risk, more research is needed before we know whether moderating protein intake may be beneficial in the prevention of heart failure,” said Heli E.K. Virtanen, MSc, first author of study, PhD student and early career researcher at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio. “Long-term interventions comparing diets with differential protein compositions and emphasizing differential protein sources would be important to reveal possible effects of protein intake on risk factors of heart failure. More research is also needed in other study populations.”

The Finnish Cultural Foundation North Savo Regional fund, Päivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation, Paavo Nurmi Foundation and The Finnish Association of Academic Agronomists funded the study.

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