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Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) during her recently concluded three-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, met with key decision makers to discuss new growth opportunities to foster innovation and fulfil the nation’s Vision 2030 agenda. During the visit, Whitman met with senior officials from a number of government ministries and commercial organizations.
The discussions revolved around Saudi Arabia’s vision to build a digital economy and how HPE was strongly positioned to support the nation to help achieve its growth goals through business diversification.
During her visit, Whitman also visited and addressed postgraduate students from the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University (PNU). Whitman spoke about the Vision 2030 focus on the importance of education, ongoing skills development and how women could contribute to the nation’s growth and transformation.
For more than 30 years, HPE has been a leading technology player in Saudi Arabia, partnering with key organizations in the public and private sectors.
“HPE brings a wealth of global experience and state-of-the-art technology to the Saudi market and will continue to support the Government to achieve its Vision 2030 goals,” said Meg Whitman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We have a deep understanding of the local market, having delivered successful projects over the last three decades, and we look forward to creating value and a positive impact for the prosperity of Saudi Arabia.”
HPE offers a growing portfolio of certified products and solutions used by governments around the world. In Saudi Arabia, the company works closely with local partners to engage and train skilled Saudi talent, in addition to creating new revenue-generation projects that support the nation’s Vision 2030 agenda.Email This Post
- 13 Airport Specialists Exhibiting on the French Pavilion
Business France, the national agency in charge of the international development of the French economy will gather 13 companies on the French pavilion at Airport Show Dubai. The tradeshow is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and CEO of Emirates.
With an airport infrastructures and equipment market expected to reach $100 billion by 2020, 250 million passengers planned for airports in the GCC, the region represents a strategic destination for French exporting companies. Grouped together in a national pavilion, French exhibitors will present their innovative and varied offer buyers throughout the Middle East zone.
French pavilion will be representative of the diversity of the sector organized around different business lines: design, construction, equipment, systems and services (air traffic and ground traffic control, airline stopovers, terminals).
Marc Cagnard, Managing Director Business France Middle East stated: “France has a rich ecosystem for the airport industry with major internationally-renowned groups, such as ADPI, VINCI, THALES to name but a few, and SMEs that are experts in certain market segments (Ground Support Equipment, lighting, ticketing or passenger information systems)”.Email This Post
- At a height of over 220 metres, Sky Bridge has three main floors featuring 8 luxurious Sky Collection duplex units, and a 70-metre long infinity pool overlooking Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain
- The 85-metre-long, 22-metre-high Sky Bridge has a maximum width of 30 metres, and is built with 4,500 tonnes of structural steel
- Global design teams, construction and engineering professionals worked to deliver a new landmark for the nation
Dubai now has a new architectural landmark: Emaar Properties today accomplished the challenging engineering feat of designing, constructing and lifting an iconic Sky Bridge that links the new Address Sky View hotel with the Address Residences Sky View in Downtown Dubai.
Rising at a height of over 220 metres, the 85-metre-long Sky Bridge, with a height of 22 metres and maximum width of 30 metres, has three storeys and will feature eight units of luxurious Sky Collection Duplexes, a 70-metre-long infinity pool that overlooks Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, and other amenities.
Billed to be a new touristic attraction that also adds economic value, the Sky Bridge is fabricated using 4,500 tonnes of structural steel, and was lifted in position using Strand Jacking Technology, customised for the project. A team of global experts from five different entities worked on the project that was completed in around 365 days by over 300 professionals and skilled workers.
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said: “Building and lifting the Sky Bridge is the result of the hard work and collaboration of some of the best international experts in the field, who addressed various challenges through their innovative and creative approach. They have accomplished a remarkable engineering feat that will serve as a referral point in modern construction. Sky Bridge is an added value to Downtown Dubai, and contributes to the pride of our nation.”
The unique Sky Bridge addressed several design challenges given the extensive loads of steel and concrete, as well as the loads related to the infinity pool, pool deck and façade, it needed. The ambient temperature difference was also considered during the design stage to ensure that it suits the region’s climate. A steel frame with three levels was designed to hold the huge loads transferred to the core walls of the two towers it links.
To address the construction challenges, the main body of the bridge was divided into five elements, each weighing over 400 tonnes each. The fifth element is the MEGA truss in the middle that has a total weight of over 1,500 tonnes. High capacity cranes, not commonly used in the region, were deployed to lift the huge weights. Special high-capacity hydraulic jacks were also imported from Switzerland.
Another challenge was designing eight custom-made Boom and Derrick systems that had to be assembled at level 50 – about 200 meters high – on both towers. Laser technology was deployed for precise leveling.
To execute the seamless lifting of the Sky Bridge, each element was assembled on ground. They were then lifted using the Strand Jacking Technology over a period of four months from November 2016 to February 2017. The MEGA truss, the heaviest component, was lifted to the height of 220 metres using the high-capacity hydraulic jacks and cables.
The Sky Bridge has undergone extensive fire proofing and other safety and security tests. Each component was elaborately tested to ensure the highest standards of quality and durability. The infinity pool was designed taking into consideration the maximum comfort level of residents.
Given the proximity to Burj Khalifa Metro Station and the Metro Link, elaborate safety measures were put in place, and a clearly structured logistics plan was followed through close cooperation with the government authorities.
The super-lifting of the Sky Bridge also required tremendous planning, team work and technological perfection, especially given wind speeds of up to 80 km/hour. Each element had to be precisely lifted and erected while addressing all the required safety considerations.
A hotel, residential and serviced apartment complex linked directly to The Dubai Mall Metro station through a travellator, the 60-floor Address Sky View towers are 260 meters high, and offers spectacular 360 degree views of Downtown Dubai and the city. The launch of homes and serviced residences in the development has gained overwhelming customer response.
Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the architects of Burj Khalifa, Address Sky View has 169 luxurious hotel rooms on 12 levels with amenities including restaurants, lounges, a world-class event venue, meeting rooms, three pools including a rooftop pool and a spa. Address Residences Sky View has 551 exceptional serviced residences that are fully furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows, offering stunning views.Email This Post
The latest AV-Test released their new Self-Protection of Antivirus Software test, examining 32 cybersecurity solutions on file protection with Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP). For the third time, ESET has participated in the test with both business and consumer product and in both cases has repeated its flawless performance, scoring 100%. ESET is the only vendor in the history of the test to reach the maximum score each time.
AV-Test examined all the key self-protection capabilities of the tested cybersecurity software in connection with user-mode PE (portable executable) files for 32- and 64-bit solutions. Additionally, the valid certificate signature of files and HTTPS protocol were part of the latest assessment.
“To offer exceptional cybersecurity protection, vendors have to deliver protection on top of a flawlessly protected core,” said Andreas Marx, CEO at AV-TEST GmbH. “In each of our Self-protection tests ESET products proved that they are able to deliver impeccable performance.”
“We are committed to developing and delivering stable and effective products to protect our users from various IT security threats that affect day-to-day businesses. Our repeated success validates our dedication and efforts in safeguarding businesses and their sensitive data,“ said Dimitris Raekos, General Manager, ESET Middle East.
In 2014, when the first self-protection test was published, only two manufacturers were able to fully deploy ASLR & DEP technology. In the most recent test, half of the analyzed solutions achieved full self-protection, which is a big step forward in industry standards.
“At ESET, we strive to provide users with products that lead by example,” said Juraj Malcho, Chief Technology Officer at ESET. “Using technologies such as ASLR and DEP goes hand in hand with designing a robust set of products, verified by extensive internal and external testing and code auditing to achieve maximum reliability.”Email This Post
- 57% of 479 residential units sold before the official launch
Azizi Developments, the fast growing and award-winning Dubai real estate developer, announced the incredible sales results for Azizi Aura, its first project in Downtown Jebel Ali. The developer has sold 57 per cent of the residential apartments before its official launch, which will take place on May 13th at the Murjaan Ballroom within Madinat Jumeirah’s Conference and Events Centre from 10 AM to 10 PM.
The upcoming 17-floor structure includes 479 elegant residential units and comes in various sizes, with 349 studios, 87 one-bedroom flats and 43 two-bedroom units. The development is notable for the sheer number of studio apartments, making it the only project of its kind in the area. Azizi Aura is part of the upcoming 38-building project defining Downtown Jebel Ali and exemplifying our line of high-quality, efficiently-designed residences in this thriving community. Aura’s apartments will be panelled with ceiling-to-floor windows that bask the residential units with natural lighting and stunning views of the Palm Jebel Ali. The units are all tastefully decorated with marble flooring and ample space with designs inspired by European craftsmanship.
Commenting on the launch, Farhad Azizi, Chief Executive Officer of Azizi Developments said: “The phenomenal response to our new community asset in Downtown Jebel Ali confirms that this thriving community is becoming one of Dubai’s leading residential and professional destinations for investors and end-users alike. Azizi Aura, which will soon be pulsating with life, marks a new milestone to expand our operations and offerings.”
In an effort to suit the different lifestyles of Dubai, Azizi Aura offers access to a fully-equipped gym, spa and health club. The building also includes a podium-level café and restaurant, as well as 16,000 sq ft of upscale retail space. Aura provides around-the-clock reception and concierge, valet parking service and a large car park. As a truly integrated community, Azizi Aura offers fast and easy access to the best recreational and entertainment facilities in the area, which includes the luxurious Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and Legoland Dubai.
Strengthened by its suburban location, Azizi Aura is in close proximity to Abu Dhabi, JAFZA, Al Maktoum Airport and Dubai Marina. With many transportation options available, Azizi Aura is steps away from the UAE Exchange metro station and offers easy access to Sheikh Zayed Road and Mohammad Bin Zayed Road. Azizi Aura, designed with families in mind, is located within close distance to the Jebel Ali School, one of the leading educational facilities in the UAE.
As one of the most comprehensive developments in Jebel Ali, Azizi Aura will be in the vicinity of Technopark, which is set to be one of the most advanced technological parks in the GCC region. The development will also provide access to The Galleries, an eight building mix of offices, apartments, retail and leisure facilities.Email This Post
- Glee Hospitality Solutions has expanded its team by appointing three new assistant project managers in its Dubai office.
- The new hires will be responsible for planning, management direction, project completion, client satisfaction, and financial outcome of construction projects.
- Natalya Latypova, Valentina Rosu and Youssef Srour bring a combined work experience of more than 30 years in the hospitality industry.
Three new assistant project managers have been appointed by Glee Hospitality Solutions (GHS), building its team to a total of 20 staff members.
The Dubai-based hospitality solution company has appointed Natalya Latypova, Valentina Rosu and Youssef Srour, who bring a combined 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry.
“In this role, each of them is responsible for assisting in the planning, management direction, project completion, client satisfaction, and financial outcome of assigned construction projects,” said Omar Maharsi, Operations Director at Glee Hospitality Solutions.
Natalya Latypova brings nine years of hospitality experience to GHS, having worked with established restaurant concepts like The Meat Co in Dubai and Bentley Bistro & Bar in Abu Dhabi. With an educational background in law as well as hospitality and tourism, Natalya’s strength lies in restaurant management.
Valentina Rosu comes from a strong hospitality background of more than eight years in Dubai. Valentina worked as floor supervisor at Byblos Hotel and then as restaurant manager at The Gramercy before moving to her new role at GHS.
Youssef Srour has a proven career within the F&B industry spanning seven years with a focus on business development. Youssef has worked as operations manager and general manager in restaurants across the GCC and Lebanon, and is resourceful as an experienced cost controller.
“We believe Natalya, Valentina and Youssef add value to our team especially with their solid experience in the field of hospitality. Our clients are focused on the MENA market and our new hires are equipped to coordinate their contractual requirements,” said Maharsi.
Glee Hospitality Solutions has helped launch more than 30 restaurant concepts, and operates over 40 dining outlets across the GCC.Email This Post
- Honeywell UOP and KFUPM jointly develop pioneering catalytic processes for domestic petrochemicals production
- Partnership drives economic diversification and localization initiatives in support of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
- Celebrating six years of successful collaboration efforts
In support of Saudi Arabia’s ongoing efforts toward economic diversification and localization initiatives, Honeywell UOP and King Fahd University for Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) have unveiled the details of their successful partnership to develop innovative new catalytic processes for petrochemicals production.
Scientists from Honeywell UOP have been working with professors and researchers from KFUPM in Dhahran since 2011 on new catalytic processes for producing paraxylene, an aromatic compound used in making textiles, packaging material and containers.
The new processes allow refiners and aromatics producers to efficiently use a wider range of available feedstocks while increasing paraxylene production. The work is being done at a state-of-the-art Honeywell UOP research and development (R&D) laboratory at KFUPM that includes a catalyst testing and screening pilot plant.
“Honeywell UOP has been driving technology innovation in the Kingdom for more than 60 years, and this collaboration with KFUPM shows our commitment to fostering localized technology development in the Kingdom,” said Jim Moshi, Honeywell UOP’s Middle East general manager. “Increased paraxylene production is a great opportunity for the Kingdom to diversify its economy through clusters of industrial sites, significantly expanding its downstream industries and capabilities, and it is a great honor to work so closely with KFUPM.”
“The King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) is a leading educational and research institution for science and technology, with significant experience in petroleum refining and petrochemicals,” said Dr. Sulaiman Al-Khattaf, Director of KFUPM Center for Refining & Petrochemicals. “KFUPM is recognized for solving critical scientific and technical problems as well as working on turning knowledge into practice.
“Recently, it has been ranked first in the Arab world according to QS World University Rankings,” he added. “KFUPM partnership with Honeywell UOP symbolizes the cooperation between our organizations to strengthen the University’s capabilities in catalysts and catalytic process development and commercialization – all of which reflects our shared commitment to the future prosperity of Saudi Arabia.”
In addition to unlocking new revenue streams for local industries, the cooperation is helping to upgrade the technical skills and develop engineering R&D talent in the Kingdom through joint training efforts.
In 2014 Honeywell UOP launched UOP University, a program under which scientists from Honeywell UOP deliver graduate level courses on catalysis in refining and petrochemicals to KFUPM students. In addition, Honeywell UOP provides summer training to KFUPM chemical engineering students at its lab in Dhahran Techno Valley.
“As a global technology leader we remain committed to finding and developing the world’s leading engineering talent,” Moshi added. “The Kingdom is home to thousands of talented and aspiring scientists and engineers, and our programs provide them with the best training they could have to develop successful long-term careers and to shape the future of their nation and its industries.”
According to the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), Saudi Arabia had 98.5 million tonnes per year of petrochemicals production capacity in 2016. It is the region’s second-largest industry within the manufacturing sector, creating more than 500,000 direct and indirect jobs and $108 billion worth of products in 2015.Email This Post
- Campaign showcases recent achievements, reiterating capabilities and commitment to supporting the growth of the Africa and Middle East region
Standard Chartered Bank today announced the launch of its “No.1 Bank: power your ambitions” campaign to highlight its recent achievements and reiterate its commitment to the Africa and Middle East (AME) region.
Standard Chartered’s domination of awards is backed by the wide-range of world-class products and services for personal and business customers across the region. From financing major energy, telecoms, mining and infrastructure projects to growing businesses and building communities, Standard Chartered’s No 1 position is well-established.
The ‘No.1 Bank’ campaign reiterates the Bank’s top position across its diverse markets which include Project Finance, Debt Capital Markets, Wealth Management, Digital, Private Banking and Islamic Banking. With these awards, Standard Chartered continues to be a trusted advisor in the region, and the local communities’ international Bank of Choice.
Selected recent awards backing Standard Chartered’s leading position include:
- Global Finance – Best Regional Consumer Digital Bank for Middle East & Africa 2016 for the fifth consecutive year – The Bank announced a suite of cutting-edge fingerprint and voice biometric technologies for clients to securely access their bank account balances, cards and investments using their unique fingerprint or voice as identifiers. Reaching more than 2 million clients, this is the most extensive roll-out of fingerprint biometric technology by any international bank and a first in most markets.
- Project Finance International – Middle East & Africa Power Deal of the Year 2016 – Hassyan Energy. Hassyan Coal IPP (“Hassyan”) consists of financing the development, construction, operation and maintenance of an ultra-supercritical green-field coal fired power plant. Standard Chartered was the Structuring Bank and Mandated Lead Arranger, Documentation Bank, and Hedging Bank.This represents the first transaction of the Silk Road Fund (as an equity and debt provider) in the Middle East as part of the “One Belt One Road Initiative.”
- Islamic Finance News – Real Estate deal of the year 2016 – Emaar Properties USD 750M Sukuk. Standard Chartered acted as the Sole Global Coordinator and Joint Lead Manager on the deal. The deal bears the lowest coupon ever achieved for a 10-year international Sukukby a UAE corporate issuer as well as the longest dated senior Sukuk from the MENA region in 2016.
- Euromoney – Best Private Banking Services in Africa 2017 – The survey reflects feedback from industry peers and competitors, making this a significant win and recognition of Standard Chartered’s Private Banking brand and capabilities
- On the back of its “Here for Africa” campaign launched last year, this new campaign will showcase the Bank’s heightened focus on the wider African and Middle East region, seeking to contribute to the region’s growth by growing its Retail, Corporate, Institutional and Commercial segments, whilst enhancing its digital capabilities.
Sunil Kaushal, the Regional CEO of Africa & Middle East said:“2016 saw a turnaround performance for our AME business despite the diverse set of challenges faced across the region. Our in-depth local knowledge and extensive global expertise has enabled us to effectively demonstrate our position of strength in delivering our client needs.
Backed by market recognition for our recent achievements, the No. 1 campaign reiterates our commitment in staying No. 1 in AME to our staff, clients and the local communities where we operate. To maintain our leadership position in the AME, through this campaign, we hope to demonstrate our drive and commitment in providing award winning banking solutions, strategic advisory services and funding for our corporate clients through our unique global footprint.”
The ‘No.1’ Bank campaign encompasses above the-line-visuals, a television campaign as well as tailored sponsorships, client initiatives and focused events which promote the Bank’s regional capabilities. The extended reach of the campaign means audiences across 25 Africa and Middle East markets and across the Bank’s footprint.Email This Post
- Upcoming Ramadan offers announced for INFINITI vehicles
Al Masaood Automobiles, the exclusive distributor of INFINITI in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, has unveiled the all-new INFINITI Q60 – a premium sports coupe that combines a completely new design with adrenaline-charged performance and dynamics.
The latest INFINITI model will continue to deliver the brand’s premium experience to a new segment of customer and, along with Al Masaood Automobiles’ latest special offers, reinforce the brand’s strong position in Abu Dhabi’s automotive market.
According to Humayun Alam, General Manager – Sales at Al Masaood Automobiles, the Q60 will be especially popular with stylish performance enthusiasts, who will appreciate the vehicle’s effortless combination of power and luxury.
“The unveiling of the powerful, all-new INFINITI Q60 Red Sport 400 marks an important milestone for INFINITI,” said Humayun Alam, General Manager – Sales, Al Masaood Automobiles. “With a fresh visual identity and cutting-edge driving technologies, we are confident that the introduction of this vehicle will further support the growth of the INFINITI brand here in Abu Dhabi. As the Q60 makes its entry to the INFINITI line-up, we expect it to be particularly embraced by motorists in the capital who are looking to be stylish without sacrificing performance.”
In addition to the all-new Q60, customers can anticipate remarkable deals – as part of Al Masaood’s upcoming Ramadan offers. Qualifying customers will be able to take advantage of a 20% down-payment supported by Al Masaood, as well as a complimentary insurance and service package. As an add-on, they will also receive a five-year unlimited mileage warranty and five years of professional road side assistance.
The flexible financing schemes available as part of the Ramadan deals cater to different audiences and provide customers with a range of accessible credit options, giving everyone the opportunity to experience the exhilarating performance and elegant luxury of the all-new INFINITI Q60.
Adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Landmark INFINITI Center provides prospective customers with the perfect location and setting for extended test drives. Customers can expect the total INFINITI experience with the highest levels of hospitality and service. Al Masaood’s Ramadan offers promise extra privileges, greater pleasure and guaranteed value for all customers.Email This Post
Damas, the leading jewellery retailer in the Middle East, has added yet another win under its belt by securing an award under the Dubai Service Excellence Scheme (DSES) for ‘Best Performing Brand’ in 2016 in the ‘Jewellery Business Category’. The Damas team accepted the prestigious award at the Business Excellence Awards Ceremony held by the Dubai Economic Department earlier this month in the Arena Ballroom, Dubai World Trade Centre.
Established by the Department of Economic Development in 2002, the DSES is part of an on-going effort to not only raise and promote excellent customer service standards in the private sector but to also recognize businesses that offer this excellent service for their customers. This scheme ensures that all participating businesses adhere to a common code of business ethics and core criteria for customer service excellence.Email This Post