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- Residents and visitors to Barjeel station, Sharjah can easily access standalone Xpress Lube services for their vehicles
Dubai, UAE; 21 June, 2017: EPPCO Lubricants, a joint venture between Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) and Chevron, recently opened a new car service facility at Barjeel station in Sharjah. The facility offers motorists a full spectrum of oil and lubricants services.
Located on the second industrial road in Sharjah, the new service centre offers a standalone Havoline Xpress Lube outlet for oil change, among other services like car wash, polishing and a variety of car accessories.
His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, said: “With the population of the UAE growing at around nine per cent year on year, the need for automotive services continues to increase. The opening of our standalone express service centre in Barjeel station in Sharjah comes in line with our growth strategy of expanding our lubricants business in across UAE. The site’s strategic location is also meant to enhance the experience of motorists who would like to easy access to our service centres.”
EPPCO Lubricants markets an extensive range of ENOC and Caltex lubricants, greases, coolants and specialty product offerings to meet the performance requirements of heavy duty vehicles and applications. It’s product range is packaged in bulk, drums and small pack cartons to customers in the UAE.
Products sold by the company are used across industries including transport and construction, and are blended at ENOC’s state-of-the-art 250 MT capacity Lubricant & Grease Manufacturing Plant (ELOMP) in Fujairah. EPPCO Lubricants also provides its customers with services like used-oil analysis, maintenance planning and lubricants surveys.Email This Post
Al-Futtaim Automall, the largest retailer of pre-owned vehicles in the UAE, has announced the opening of a new super site at Dubai Festival City that will display over 400 cars.
Customers looking to buy good quality used cars can head to the new 12,000 sqm site, located opposite IKEA and alongside ACE, where they can view the widest range of pre-owned vehicles from all leading manufacturers including Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Dodge, Ford, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Jeep and luxury models including BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Volvo, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and Porsche amongst others.
Declan McCluskey, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Automall, said: “Right from day one, Automall has always been about providing customers with the widest choice of good quality used cars and a memorable shopping experience. Today, we’ve taken this promise a step further by opening our new super site which accommodates over 400 cars in one location thereby ensuring there is something for every customer’s budget and needs.”
Cars sold at Automall are no more than five years old and have not exceeded 75,000km. A comprehensive 99-point check is carried out on each car before being sold and the Al-Futtaim company also provides a comprehensive warranty for additional security and peace of mind for the customer.Email This Post
- GE to provide full plant maintenance services, including parts and repairs for critical power generation equipment at SEPCO’s 1,175 MW combined cycle power plant
GE Power signed a multi-year agreement (MYA) with Samra Electric Power Company (SEPCO) in Jordan. Under the agreement, GE will provide SEPCO with full plant maintenance services, including parts and repairs for critical power generation equipment for the 1,175 megawatts (MW) Samra Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Plant in the Zarqa region, which feeds power into the national grid for both residential and commercial use.
The agreement was signed by Amjad Al Rawashdeh, Managing Director of SEPCO, and Fadi Tabboush, Executive Sales Director of GE’s Power Services business for East Mediterranean, Iraq and Pakistan (EMIP), in the presence of officials of both entities.
“The collaboration with GE marks our focus on the continuous improvement of operations at Samra and the better utilization of assets at the power station,” said Amjad Al Rawashdeh. “Jordan’s energy needs are estimated to be growing at about 5 percent per annum. GE’s expertise and advanced solutions will help us to support the cost-effective supply of power to meet the requirements of people and industry in general.”
The agreement will help to lower maintenance costs, improve the availability of assets at the plant and enhance operational output and efficiency. It will cover seven GE gas turbines that are installed and operating at the Samra Station. GE will also provide its Advanced Gas Path (AGP) upgrade for 9E units and its MXL2 upgrade for GT13E2 units at the site.
“The agreement with SEPCO underpins the transformational value that GE can bring to our customers,” said Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East & Africa. “We are honoured to help SEPCO reduce maintenance costs and improve asset performance at Samra for greater plant availability and more reliable operations.”
GE’s AGP solution to be deployed at Samra blends hardware and digital innovations to deliver industry-leading performance and operational flexibility. The solution offers extended availability with the industry’s longest gas path maintenance interval of up to 32,000 hours and can help prolong the life of the turbines and parts to as much as 96,000 hours, as well as increase output, enhance efficiency and reduce fuel costs.
Offering a significant improvement in power output, efficiency and lifetime, GE’s GT13E2 MXL2 upgrade can extend service intervals, increase the turbine’s output by up to 15 MW and enhance combined cycle efficiency by 1.5 percent. The upgrade combines GE’s latest technology developments with over 10 million operating hours of GT13E2 fleet experience.
GE has supported the development of the energy sector across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey for more than 80 years. Today, GE-built technologies support the generation of more than two-thirds of the region’s electricity.Email This Post
- DUKES Dubai Sky Collection apartments sold out
- Buyers take advantage of developer-backed 10% guaranteed ROI over five years
- Properties will come under wing of DUKES Management Team
Dubai-based luxury property developer Seven Tides has completely sold out its DUKES Dubai Sky Collection apartments, just a month after the luxury properties were launched.
The mix of 60 studio and one bedroom properties is the final phase of hotel apartments at the Palm Jumeirah development, located on the 16th and 17th floors of the building, with penthouse views overlooking the Arabian Gulf and the stunning Dubai Marina skyline.
The attractive payment plan, which comes with a developer-backed 10% guaranteed ROI over five years, saw investors pay 10% on reservation and 20% upon signing the Sales & Purchase Agreement (around 30 days after reservation). A further 25% will be paid in August, another 25% in October and a final 20% payment on completion.
Investors were made up of a mix of nationalities including Indians, Egyptians Syrians, Chinese, South Africans, Brits and Emiratis.
Abdulla bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides, said: “In what is a very challenging market environment we witnessed huge interest in our DUKES Dubai Sky Collection properties. The project was extremely well received by investors who were attracted by its prominent location on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah, the quality build, striking interiors and DUKES’ position, offering a quintessentially ‘Best of British’ lifestyle experience.”
DUKES Dubai Sky Collection studio apartment sizes range from 309sqft to 459sqft, with prices starting from AED 996,000 to AED 1.4 million; and 1 bedroom apartments, from 576sqft to 791sqft, sold from AED 1.8 million to AED 2.5 million.
Striking features include generously sized living rooms, while the luxury designer furnishings are complemented by thick piled carpets and the latest in technology, including state-of-the-art televisions. Bedrooms feature comfortable beds, walk-in wardrobes and en-suite bathrooms, while kitchens are fully equipped with top-of-the-range appliances.
Owners will have access to all the services, facilities and amenities at the DUKES Dubai hotel, including the DUKES Bar, the Cigar and Coffee Lounge, Afternoon Tea Lounge, West 14th Steakhouse and the signature Great British Restaurant (GBR). There is also the stunning indoor swimming pool and gymnasium, outdoor infinity pool and private beach access.
The properties will be professionally handled by the DUKES Management Team, while investors will have access to their apartment for seven days per year.
Bin Sulayem said: “This project offered a developer-backed 10% guaranteed ROI for five years, allowing owners complete peace of mind knowing that their investment is in the professional hands of the DUKES Management Team.”Email This Post
- Designed to be intuitive, Cisco’s new network can recognize intent, mitigate threats through encryption, and learn over time, unlocking opportunities and enhancing business agility
Today Cisco unveiled intent-based networking solutions that represent one of the most significant breakthroughs in enterprise networking. The introduction is the culmination of Cisco’s vision to create an intuitive system that anticipates actions, stops security threats in their tracks, and continues to evolve and learn. It will help businesses to unlock new opportunities and solve previously unsolvable challenges in an era of increasing connectivity and distributed technology.
This new network is the result of years of research and development by Cisco to reinvent networking for an age where network engineers managing hundreds of devices today will be expected to manage 1 million by 2020.
“The network has never been more critical to business success, but it’s also never been under more pressure,” said Chuck Robbins, chief executive officer for Cisco. “By building a more intuitive network, we are creating an intelligent platform with unmatched security for today and for the future that propels businesses forward and creates new opportunities for people and organizations everywhere.”
Today companies are managing their networks through traditional IT processes that are not sustainable in this new age. Cisco’s approach creates an intuitive system that constantly learns, adapts, automates and protects, to optimize network operations and defend against today’s evolving threat landscape.
“Cisco’s Encrypted Traffic Analytics solves a network security challenge previously thought to be unsolvable,” said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager of networking and security, Cisco. “ETA uses Cisco’s Talos cyber intelligence to detect known attack signatures even in encrypted traffic, helping to ensure security while maintaining privacy.”
With the vast majority of the world’s internet traffic running on Cisco networks, the company has used its unique position to capture and analyze this immensely valuable data by providing IT with insights to spot anomalies and anticipate issues in real time, without compromising privacy. By automating the edge of the network and embedding machine learning and analytics at a foundational level, Cisco is making the unmanageable manageable and allowing IT to focus on strategic business needs.
Already, 75 leading global enterprises and organizations are conducting early field trials with these next-generation networking solutions, including DB Systel GmbEmail This Post
Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranked as the second and third most expensive Middle Eastern cities for expatriate cost of living
- Dubai rises to Top 20 of the world’s most expensive cities for expatriates to live in
- Abu Dhabi (23rd) and Riyadh (52nd) also rise in the ranking, though modestly
- No major fluctuations in the ranking for cities across the Middle East, with the exception of Egypt which dropped almost one hundred places to 183rd
According to Mercer’s 2017 Cost of Living Survey, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the second and third most expensive Middle Eastern cities for expatriate cost of living. The global ranking sees Dubai climbing one place from last year to become the 20th most expensive city in the world, with Abu Dhabi just behind in 23rd place and two spots up from last year. The rise in the rankings follows the wider Middle Eastern trend of GCC countries becoming more expensive.
Nuno Gomes, Principal Information Solutions Leader at Mercer Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, commented: “Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to rise in the global rankings in line with increasing cost of living indicators in the UAE. However, this year currency fluctuation was less of a factor in worldwide changes in the rankings, so the slight rise on the list represents a true increase in the cost of living in the UAE when compared to other cities globally.”
In addition to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, six other Middle Eastern cities appeared in the world’s top one hundred, including Riyadh (52), Beirut (53), Manama (55), Amman (59), Doha (81) and Muscat (92). Manama, Bahrain climbed by the most spots among Middle Eastern cities, coming in at 16 places higher than last year, with Riyadh and Muscat also rising by five and two places respectively. Meanwhile, Beirut fell by two places, Amman by nine and Doha by five.
Middle Eastern cities that fell just outside of the global top one hundred include Jeddah (117), which rose by four places, as well as Kuwait City (111), Istanbul (142) and Cairo (183), which dropped by eight, forty-one and ninety-two spots respectively. The plummet in Cairo’s ranking follows a major devaluation of its local currency, and the city now represents by far the least expensive city in this part of the world. The other least expensive cities in the region are Istanbul, Jeddah and Kuwait City.
Mercer’s 23rd annual Cost of Living Survey finds that factors like instability of housing markets and inflation for goods and services contribute to the overall cost of doing business in today’s global environment.
Ilya Bonic, Senior Partner and President of Mercer’s Career business, commented: “Globalisation of the marketplace is well documented, with many companies operating in multiple locations around the world and promoting international assignments to enhance the experience of future managers. There are numerous personal and organisational advantages for sending employees overseas, whether for long- or short-term assignments, including career development by obtaining global experience, the creation and transfer of skills, and the re-allocation of resources.”
Mercer’s authoritative survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and is designed to help multinational companies and governments determine compensation allowances for their expatriate employees. New York is used as the base city and all cities are compared against it. Currency movements are measured against the US dollar. The survey includes over 400 cities across five continents and measures the comparative cost of more than 200 items in each location, including housing, transportation, food, clothing, household goods, and entertainment.
At a global level, European and Asian cities continue to dominate the top of the list. This year’s most expensive city though is Luanda, Angola, back at the top spot which it also occupied in 2014 and 2015. The same cities remained at the Top 5, despite changes in ranking positions; Hong Kong, Tokyo, Zurich and Singapore complete the list of most expensive cities in the world.
Mr. Bonic added: “While historically mobility, talent management, and rewards have been managed independently of one another, organisations are now using a more holistic approach to enhance their mobility strategies. Compensation is important to be competitive and must be determined appropriately based on the cost of living, currency, and location.”Email This Post
- FlexQube has received its single largest order in the Netherlands when an automotive manufacturing company orders 48 shelf carts.
Anders Fogelberg, CEO of FlexQube, comments: “The Netherlands is an important market for our growth in Europe and has been a focus for our sales work for some time now. Since the language barrier is low and the country has a large manufacturing and distribution sector the potential for growth is big. This order could be the start of a series of orders from this specific company and we are very happy to learn that the customer appreciates the concept and our high-quality products. The customer is a prominent company with high expectations on intralogistics solutions and that they choose FlexQube is a proof of our performance level in design, fulfillment and quality.”Email This Post
Hussein M. Dajani has joined Nissan as General Manager, Digital Marketing, for Africa, the Middle East and India. He will lead Nissan’s digital and social media strategy in the region, which is becoming ever more significant for Nissan’s global business. Working with teams in local markets, his role will be to ensure that the company delivers an innovative experience online for customers, matching the innovation in Nissan’s cars. He will also take the lead on digital and content for Nissan’s regional Communications function, working on strategies to support the company’s business goals.
Hussein, who has a BS in Business Administration from the American University in Beirut said: “I am delighted to be joining Nissan and I am looking forward to further strengthening Nissan’s digital footprint in Africa, the Middle East and India.
“This region is dynamic and includes some the fastest-growing, most promising economies in the world. Nissan is committed to offering our customers the best cars and customer service whether they are a first-time car-owner buying a Datsun redi-GO in India, or the latest generation of their family to purchase a Nissan Patrol in the Middle East.”
Nissan already has a strong and growing presence with more than 15,000 employees across 87 countries in Africa, the Middle East and India. Four major regional hubs control Marketing and Sales, and related functions, in the United Arab Emirates, India, Egypt and South Africa – as well as satellite offices in other key markets including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. There are factories building Nissan cars in India, Egypt, South Africa and Nigeria with a combined annual production capacity of more than half a million units.
Hussein has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and communications. Previously he was Head of Online Communities & Communications for Virgin Mobile in Qatar and Area Digital Manager for the MEA region for Red Bull.
“We are very pleased Hussein has joined our team as he brings to Nissan a wealth of knowledge in the field of digital marketing which has been gained working for some of the most respected brands in the world,” said Peter Clissold, General Manager of Marketing for Nissan’s Africa, Middle East and India region. “His experience will be invaluable in a region where the digital landscape is fast-moving, diverse and among the most sophisticated in the world.”Email This Post
- Vendor’s Mesh Technology Provides Complete WiFi Coverage, while TP-Link HomeCare Delivers Comprehensive Security for the Modern Home
TP-Link Technologies Co Ltd, a global provider of SOHO, SMB networking products and wireless LAN solutions, has today announced the availability of Deco M5 Whole-Home Wi-Fi Systems
According to the vendor which manufactures a broad range of products targeted at the consumer, SOHO and SMB markets, including Wireless solutions, ADSL, Routers, Switches, IP Cameras, Powerline Adapters, Print Servers, Media Converters, Network Adapters and Smartphones,
Lucas Jiang, General Manager, TP-Link MEA FZE, said: “Today’s consumers want wireless connectivity across their home, from the living room to the bedroom to the kitchen. Deco M5 creates seamless WiFi that allows them to stream, game and browse the Internet in any room.”
Jiang added that Deco M5 automatically optimises WiFi connections for every device, and it comes equipped with TP-Link HomeCare, which allows consumers to customise their network security through powerful features that include robust parental controls.
He pointed out that Deco M5 utilises TP-Link’s Adaptive Routing Technology (ART) to ensure your network is always operating at top speeds, quickly identifying and selecting the fastest path for your devices to connect to the network. “This intelligent selection removes the guesswork from reliable connectivity. Deco M5 also optimises connections between devices to deliver the very best in coverage and ensure you receive the strongest performance throughout your entire home at all times,” he said.
Jiang explained that with Deco, users also have the ability to control how bandwidth is used, making it easy to prioritise services and devices for heavy-bandwidth tasks such as HD video streaming, online gaming or video chats. “With its flexible configuration and intuitive set-up process, creating your mesh network at home is simple,” he said. “TP-Link’s Deco mobile app, available for Android and iOS, allows consumers to easily set up whole-home WiFi coverage in minutes. With step-by-step instructions and visuals, TP-Link’s Deco app guides you through the entire setup process.”
Equipped with TP-Link HomeCare, Deco M5 systems offer an impressive line-up of built-in security features. TP-Link HomeCare provides exploit and malware protection, powered by TrendMicro, along with an SPI firewall, device access control and secure remote control of the network via the TP-Link Deco mobile app, ensuring that your home network is always safe and secure.
“As home Wi-Fi networks are supporting more users and mobile devices than ever before, security across your home network becomes increasingly important,” said Dr. Terence Liu, TrendMicro vice president. “Through our integration in TP-Link HomeCare, Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi Systems are equipped with a comprehensive package of security features, so you can trust that your home network is always protected.”
Powered by a quad-core processor, Deco M5 Whole-Home Wi-Fi Systems deploy the latest mesh technology to paint your home in Wi-Fi. The dual-band AC1300 system is capable of throughput speeds of 400 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band, and it supports MU-MIMO data streaming. Deco M5 is comprised of a system of three units that can be customized to fit your WI-Fi coverage needs, up to 4,500 square feet. With additional units, the Deco M5 system can easily scale up to accommodate even larger spaces. Up to ten Deco M5 units can be added to a single network at any given time for seamless Wi-Fi coverage across incredibly large spaces.Email This Post
BORGWARD Group AG, the global automotive manufacturer, invited distributors and VIP guests from the GCC to Germany for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime driving adventure in BX5 and BX7 vehicles.
The following local distributors were in Germany to experience first-hand the rich and innovative racing history and the new “Accessible Premium” of the reborn BORGWARD brand:
Bahrain: Yusuf Ebrahim Mohamed Al Awadi, Group President, YousifAwadi Group
Kuwait: Nael Zayani, Managing Director, Al-Zayani Trading Co.
United Arab Emirates: Raymond Ma, President, Union Motors LLC
As well as some of the classic cars that allowed BORGWARD to break 51 world records in international racing, GCC distributors tested the soon to be released in the Middle East BX5 and BX7 Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) in real road conditions from Bremen to, and through the city of, Hamburg.
Yusuf Ebrahim Mohamed Al Awadi, YousifAwadi Group commented, “These cars are so much fun to drive. I was astonished by the performance of the built-in i-AWD technology. BORGWARD’s proprietary intelligent AWD system shifts among five modes according to actual road conditions; the front-axle cruise; rear-axle push; four-wheel drive; single-side drive; and single wheel drive. Drivers in the Arab states are going to love these SUVs.”
Nael Zayani, Al-Zayani Trading Co. said, “Drivers in the Arab States of the Gulf are increasingly looking for safety and performance. These cars have 16 electric-control-system functions, brake disc prepopulation and a plethora of active and passive safety systems. All of them not only increase the vehicle’s manoeuvrability and safety but also optimize the fuel economy to ensure both the BORGWARD BX5 and BX7 are well-rounded high performance vehicles.”
Raymond Ma, Union Motors LLC was particularly excited by the BX5 and said, “We know car buyers locally want affordable premium options. The premium compact SUV BX5 is developed with options of 1.4L (147 hp) and 1.8L (188 hp) gasoline-direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The BX5 embodies classic SUV qualities such as versatility, spaciousness, comfort and off-road capability that all drivers in the Middle East require.”
Raymond commented on the luxury BX7, “This SUV exudes luxury. The wide-body SUV BX7 2.0L gasoline-direct-injection four-cylinder turbocharged is not only sporty but also emanates in luxury and attention to detail, which is based on its acclaimed design DNA heritage. I expect this is going to sell very well across the Middle East. The interior is eccentric, with user-friendly advanced technology and detailed curves which provides an elegant and comfortable interactive experience. The exterior with striking side skirts are more than intrepid styling – it is German DNA that transcends over 50 years since its design origins in the immensely popular 1954 BORGWARD Isabella dream car.”Email This Post