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FIRST UAE TEAM NAMED TO CONTEST IWWF WORLD WAKEBOARD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ABU DHABI

ADIMSC, IWWF work together to give sport major boost, create world-class stage at Eastern Mangroves

Wakeboarding in the UAE will be given a major boost next week when the country’s first ever international team competes against the world’s best on a spectacular stage in Abu Dhabi.

The six-man UAE team, including two Emirati brothers, was announced today by Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club (ADIMSC), which hosts the 2019 IWWF World Wakeboard Championships taking place from 19-23 November.

The team is captained by Khaled Subaa who takes part in the Open Men’s category along with Omeir Saeed. His younger brother, Ahmed Saeed, lines up in the 14 & Under Boys class with Hamed Al Belooshi and Mohamed Al Belooshi, while Ahmed Al Remeithi competes in the Junior 18 & Under Men’s event.

ADIMSC and the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, the sport’s governing body, are working together to create a superb event venue both for competitors and spectators at the Eastern Mangroves Promenade.

The organisers believe the event, based at the Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, will create a big surge of interest in wakeboarding and establish the UAE capital as one of the sport’s leading international destinations.

“The arrival of the world championships in Abu Dhabi for the first time coincides perfectly with the opening of our new wakeboard academy,” said Salem Al Remeithi, General Manager of ADIMSC.

“We’re working closely with the IWWF to create a centre of excellence here for towed water sports which will help people at all levels of ability to develop their skills and knowledge of the sport.”

IWWF Executive Director Paul Fong said: “Abu Dhabi has created a brilliant stage for the IWWF Wakeboard Worlds, and we’re looking to excite the kids and draw a generation of young people into wakeboarding.

“For any sport to grow it needs local heroes, and the creation of a UAE team is a big step in this direction. The message to all young and established water sports enthusiasts and their friends is come to watch and engage with the world’s best in Abu Dhabi next week.”

More than 150 riders from 31 countries will compete for IWWF World Wakeboard Championships in ten age-group categories for both men and women, as well as the team overall title. The Open Men’s & Women’s categories offer a cash purse of USD50,000.

  • After three days of official practice starting on Saturday, qualifying takes place next Tuesday
  • followed by the official opening ceremony at 5pm. Four days of competition starting on Wednesday
  • morning is rounded off on Saturday by medal ceremonies and a closing ceremony and awards
  • dinner at Al Khatim Desert.
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ABU DHABI BAJA SETS STAGE FOR CLASSIC DESERT TEST

There is no better place in the world for off-road rallying, says Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi

The inaugural Abu Dhabi Baja gets under way tomorrow morning, with drivers and riders urged to savour their appearance on one of the best stages in the world for off road rallying.

Taking place under the patronage of the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and organised by the Emirates Motorsport Club (EMC), the 280km two-day event is the fifth of six rounds in the 2019 UAE Baja Championship and gives an extra dimension to the new series.

Sweeping across the dunes and sabkha plains of the Rub Al Khali, the Abu Dhabi Baja becomes the flagship event, providing competitors with a greater test, in a championship otherwise featuring one-day rallies.

“We launched the championship this year to help secure the future of rallying in the UAE through events which are more affordable and open to a wide range of competitors from entry level upwards,” said Sheikh Abdullah Al Qassimi, Founder and President of the EMC.

“The Abu Dhabi Baja is the next step up for drivers and riders. The route is both challenging and fair, running through some of the most dramatic desert terrain on earth. There is no better place in the world for off-road rallying. We want everyone to enjoy it.”

H.E. Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will present the trophies at the official prize giving taking place at 4pm on Saturday at Moreeb Dune, the rally’s base with the backing of Liwa Sport Club.

The event has attracted a line-up of 44 drivers and riders competing in T1, T2, Group S and UTV auto classes, as well as Motos 450, 250 and quad categories, with prize money on offer in each class.

Top seed in the T1 Autos category is the UAE’s Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi accompanied by British co-driver Chris Patterson in the Abu Dhabi Racing Peugeot 2008 Dakar. The car has taken Al Qassimi to wins in three of the previous four previous rounds, although he was denied a good finish in Saudi Arabia’s Al Ula–Neom Cross-Country Rally last weekend by a serious oil leak.

Emirati KTM rider Mohammed Al Balooshi, No.1 seed and championship leader in the Motos 450 category, can afford no mistakes in the big bikes title race. Only 11 points separate him from the chasing trio of KTM riders Dave McBride and Kuwaiti Mohamed Jaffar, and Dubai-based South African Aaron Mare, on a Honda.

Like Al Qassimi, two other UAE drivers will also be seeking their fourth victories in the championship – Ahmad Barakat partnered by Amira Khalil in a Group S Nissan Patrol, as well as Saif Al Muhairi who leads the UTV auto class for four-wheel side-by-side vehicles in a Yamaha YXZ.

While Saleh Al Saif tops the UTV T class, he will be aiming to record his first outright victory of the series in a Can Am X3.

UAE rider, Ahmed Al Mulla, meanwhile has the chance to wrap up the quads crown while Abdulla Lanjawi will be pressing his championship hopes in the Motos 250 class.

The 97-km Arada Special Stage 1 gets underway at 11am tomorrow (Friday), with the 105-km Moreeb Special Stage 2 starting at 8am the following day.

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Solar panels to power four more Majid Al Futtaim malls by 2018 under Enova deal signed on World Environment Day

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  • Shopping centres to save a staggering AED 80 million as part of Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment towards becoming a Net Positive company

Enova – the regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technical services – will supply solar power to four Majid Al Futtaim malls, delivering expected savings of AED 80 million.

Enova’s first solar power deal with Majid Al Futtaim Properties was signed on World Environment Day, the United Nations’ annual initiative to promote sustainability.

The deal is set to cut the four malls’ carbon dioxide emissions by 3,200 tons per year – the equivalent of taking 700 cars off the roads – and will see the technology installed at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Fujairah. Following City Centre Me’aisem and My City Centre Al Barsha, the first malls to be fitted with solar panels a year ago, this new agreement covering four more UAE malls strengthens Majid Al Futtaim’s pioneering role in the region and is the first solar project to involve Enova.

Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells, which absorb energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. The power generated is then fed directly into the malls’ electrical network. Under this deal, about 12,500 panels will be installed across the buildings, covering an area of 25,000 square metres, including 1,020 car ports. Feasibility studies are underway with a view to rolling the project out across other assets. The scheme will enable Majid Al Futtaim Properties to generate 6,000 MWh of electrical energy annually, earning it points with the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the globally recognised green building benchmark.

Enova’s CEO, Anne Le Guennec, said: “Every day throughout the Middle East, Enova helps firms achieve their best performance and environmental targets, freeing them to concentrate on their core business activities. Our energy management solutions are based on a comprehensive package of services, including design, commissioning, strategy and long-term maintenance – and when parts eventually expire we’ll take them away for recycling.”

Benefiting from the global experience of its parent company, Veolia, Enova is able to offer a holistic and circular solution for when the solar panels will need to be replaced after an expected lifespan of around 25 years. The French firm, which created Enova in 2002 in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, has helped previous clients recycle worn parts from its renewable energy systems in compliance with environmental legislation such as the European Union’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, which requires solar panel importers and manufacturers to collect and process end-of-life equipment.

Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director (UAE, Bahrain & Oman) – Property Management, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim, said: “Investing in renewables aligns with Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to become a regional leader in environmental stewardship, set out in its ambitious Net Positive strategy and Renewable Energy White Paper. We want to lead by example by applying international best practices across our portfolio and have a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said: “At Majid Al Futtaim our sustainability mission is to enhance people’s lives through sustainable real estate. We aim to slash water and energy consumption, creating more of these resources than we consume by 2040, and at least 5 per cent of energy used will come from renewable sources by 2018.”  

Al-Zu’bi added, “We have made a concerted effort to apply best-practice global green building standards across our premises across the region and have already introduced several energy efficiency measures thanks to the support of Enova. Majid Al Futtaim is excited to keep on building on the partnership with Enova to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.”

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Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Reaches a Record of 66 Thousand Registered members by End of Q1 2017

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Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry has revealed that the the number of its registered members has reached a new record of 66,295, after registering 1607 new companies in the first quarter of 2017. The new record is a new testimony of the attractive investment environment Sharjah offers.

Total number of new and renewed memberships has reached 16,799 by the end of the quarter, compared to 16,132 year-on-year, recording a growth rate of 4%.

His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, commented that the new registration reflects the confidence investors have in Sharjah, highlighting that these statistics reveal the success of Sharjah’s sustainable development efforts, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al-Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

Al Owais reaffirmed that SCCI played an important role in attracting new companies to the Emirate, via its strategy and initiatives that promoted Sharjah and its business environment in particular.

For his part, His Excellency Khaled bin Butti Al Hajri, Director-General of SCCI, explained that new companies that joined the Chamber span a wide variety of activities, in the economic, services, industrial, and professional sectors. This, Bin Butti continued, contributes to the post-oil strategy, and enhances the business environment in Sharjah.

“SCCI facilitates membership processes, and our membership offers attractive benefits, from up-to-date data and statistics, to priority participation in events and activities, networking opportunities, and exposure to international markets via the chamber’s network,” he added.

Abdulaziz Shattaf, Assistant Director-General for Members Services at SCCI, said that new members will benefit from value-added services as well, including arbitration at the Sharjah International Arbitration Centre, as well as a platform for voicing their concerns and issues.

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Taking Elegance Over The Finish Line With StarWalker Spirit of Racing Doué

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  • Montblanc extends its StarWalker collection with new writing instruments inspired by the spirit of racing

Switching gears, applying gas and speeding over the finish line to take the crown. With contemporary elegance and masculine energy, Montblanc brings the spirit of racing to Starwalker, a writing instrument collection synonymous with cutting-edge design and the use of innovative materials. With design cues inspired by automotive performance, the StarWalker Spirit of Racing Doué evokes the innovation and speed of motor racing.  The racing theme of the new StarWalker lineup follows in the footsteps of the new Montblanc TimeWalker, a watch that celebrates the glory days of racing with superb technology and vintage style.

The fountain pen, fineliner and ballpoint pen that make up the Spirit of Racing StarWalker collection add a sporty edge to the signature Montblanc StarWalker writing instrument. The precious resin barrel features a moulded tire-like pattern. The product of the finest craftsmanship, the special moulding process creates a rubber-like look that delivers a new optical experience.  Shiny polished platinum surfaces evoking the finishes of a magnificent car contrast with the textured moulded tire-like pattern in black . A knurling pattern used on the gearshift, pedals, and steering wheel of racing cars is featured on the forepart of the fountain pen and the fineliner, offering a better grip to its owner and enhancing the writing experience. The same knurling pattern adorns the crown of the TimeWalker watch evoking the thrill and performance of motor racing.

The platinum-plated cone and fittings give the writing instrument its sleek appearance reminiscent of the polished chrome surfaces of an elegant racing machine. This elegant finish is carried through on the 14K rhodium-coated gold nib of the fountain pen features.   The cone of both the fountain pen and the fineliner is decorated with PVD coated anthracite strips. Crowning the cap, the Montblanc emblem floats suspended inside a translucent cap top, a signature feature of the Starwalker collection.

From start to finish, the StarWalker Spirit of Racing Doué brings the exhilaration of motor racing and the aesthetics of automotive excellence to the Montblanc writing experience.

The StarWalker Spirit of Racing Doué is available from June 2017 at Montblanc boutiques worldwide. For more information, visit www.montblanc.com

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ADNEC Marks Global Exhibitions Day

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Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) will join national exhibition associations and exhibition venues across the world in marking the Global Exhibitions Day 2017 (GED 2017) on 7 June, 2017.

Global Exhibitions Day is an opportunity for the exhibition industry to celebrate and highlight its positive impact on jobs, business, innovation and local investment. The occasion was marked by UFI — The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, for the first time in 2016 in its bid to promote the value of exhibitions worldwide. 

Themed ‘Think Global, Act Local’ to focus on the human side of face-to-face exhibitions, GED 2017 is marked by UFI’s worldwide network of national exhibition associations, exhibition venues and industry professionals through hosting a wide variety of activities.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), said: “We are marking GED 2017 in response to UFI’s call to all those engaged in the exhibitions sector to participate in Global Exhibitions Day on 7 June, and share our initiatives in this domain. In commemorating this occasion, we seek to celebrate the contributions of individuals working within this vibrant industry and raise awareness of the essential social and economic value our industry represents through spurring innovation and stimulating economic development.”

Al Dhaheri added: “Exhibitions are an integral part of ADNEC’s business, and our growing portfolio includes several international exhibitions and trade shows that support the growth of key sectors identified by Abu Dhabi Plan and its Economic Vision 2030. At ADNEC, our efforts are focused on continuously upgrading our world-class facilities in order to meet the requirements of trade show organisers, exhibitors and delegates.”

Some of the major international and regional exhibitions hosted by ADNEC include International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX), Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), SIAL Middle East, International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR), Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, among others. These exhibitions deliver a significant impact on local economy through supporting tourism and hospitality sectors, creating new job opportunities and attracting investments.

ADNEC’s flagship venue, the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, offers 133,000 square metres of interconnected floor space to meet the requirements of a wide variety of events and exhibitions. Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and built to international standards, the venue attracted 1.5 million people across 480 events in 2016. 

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Strong growth for FlexQube – Order intake up by 84% in 2017

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  • Many new customers but also strong growth to existing customers makes total order intake for the group grow by 84% during the first five months of the year!

Anders Fogelberg, CEO of FlexQube, comments: “USA continues to be a market with strong growth for us and we have added many new interesting customers this year and have a lot more in the pipeline. In the first five months of this year our growth is 127% in FlexQube Inc. serving USA, Mexico and Canada with our products. The customers are impressed by our modular concept and attracted by the possibilities it creates for the future regarding flexibility, adaption and re-configuration. We also receive great feedback for our customer service and our unique design process (DesignOnDemand™) is greatly appreciated by our customers. New customer growth is at an all-time high and more or less all of our customers continue to place orders after the initial purchase.

This year’s major order in Europe came from Kuehne+Nagel in Sweden but we also see strong growth on the German and Dutch market. In April, we received the first order from France and in the Netherlands, we won our largest order so far in May.” 

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SOLE DXB AND CADILLAC ANNOUNCE LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP

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  • The agreement will see an ongoing collaboration, bringing the very best in art, music and fashion to the Middle East

Sole DXB has announced a long-term partnership with Cadillac. Following two consecutive years of successful collaboration, Cadillac and the Dubai annual street culture festival, Sole DXB, are excited to enter into an agreement that will see them working together well into 2019.  The partnership will focus on bringing the best of global street culture to the community in the Middle East through art, music and fashion.

Since its inception, Sole has grown leaps and bounds from its humble beginnings to a highly trafficked and well-respected platform. Taking place at the end of every year in Dubai as a three-night, two-day festival, Sole acts as a pioneering hybrid between a music festival and a direct-to-consumer fashion trade show. Inspiring growth within the Middle East’s design and progressive fashion sector, the partnership between Sole DXB and Cadillac represents the exciting growth and vitality of the region’s alternative arts scene. This is the new frontier for culture.

On the partnership, Rajat Malhotra, Sole DXB Director said, “For the last two years, Cadillac has shown the trust and confidence of a true partner, nurturing our growth and breaking the mold of how an independent organization and a multinational company can come together to build a community.  This announcement is a major milestone for Sole, and a good indication of the potential we both see in our region.  We’ve barely begun to expose the talent this region has to offer and are so pleased that we have a partner that shares our vision. The best is yet to come!”

Nadim Ghrayeb, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager, Cadillac Middle East, said: “We are excited to have announced a long-term partnership with Sole DXB, whose values and vision are the same as ours. This is a fantastic platform for us to connect with our audience who share the same vision as us. These are people who are successful in their respective fields; they share a common passion and are driven in their pursuit to realize their dreams and live their aspirations.”

“As a brand, our tagline is “Dare Greatly.” This is something we live and breathe every day, as a testament to our past and our vision of the future. As a company that has always looked to push the boundaries of what is possible, we are looking to continue this thinking to achieve further success. This has also given us the push and tenacity to always look for partners who share our passion,” Nadim continued.

This year will be Cadillac’s third year of partnership with Sole DXB, with last year’s event seeing the rebirth of the iconic streetwear brand, RAP London, 20 years after it closed its doors. Cadillac has spent years supporting established and emerging designers from around the world. It started with a multi-seasonal partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in support of the first-ever New York Fashion Week: Men’s in 2015. Since then, the luxury brand has been committed to working with a number of designers, including the acclaimed fashion designer Public School, which debuted its Pre-Fall collection in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in line with the launch of the all-new Cadillac XT5 crossover vehicle.

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Majid Al Futtaim hits midway point of its five-year sustainability strategy achieving 56% of Sustainability Goals

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  • 9 million invested in the community
  • 13,228 hours of volunteering completed by employees
  • 319 hours dedicated to sustainability training
  • 12 Green Building Certified assets
  • Renewable energy targets announced
  • Labour standard policy implemented with zero on-site construction fatalities

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has achieved 56% of its sustainability goals during 2016, hitting the midway point of its five-year sustainability strategy. Amongst its achievements, Majid Al Futtaim committed AED8.9 million in community investments, enabled dedicated 13,228 hours of volunteering to noble initiatives and announced its renewable energy targets.

The announcement of Majid Al Futtaim’s 2016 sustainability results coincides with World Environment Day (WED), the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of environment.

Majid Al Futtaim – Properties’ 2016 Sustainability Report, ‘Empowering Our People to Reach Our Goals’ provides a complete overview of the company’s sustainability achievements and challenges, and charts progress made against long-term (2018) targets set out in its sustainability strategy. The report reinforces Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to enhancing people’s lives through sustainable real estate development and sets out ambitious goals to ensure that the company maintains its position as a sustainability leader in the region and worldwide.

Robert Welanetz, Chief Executive Officer, Majid Al Futtaim – Properties, commented: “The success of the company’s five-year strategy establishes Majid Al Futtaim as a pioneer of sustainability in the MENA region. In 2016, our main goal was to empower our people to champion great causes and achieve new milestones on our sustainability journey. We remain committed to this region and the communities we serve, we continue to monitor socio-economic impact of our developments across the region and are confident that the dedicated efforts of our people will be key to solidifying our environmental footprint for years to come.”

Majid Al Futtaim – Properties’ sustainability strategy is based on developing and managing high performance assets that support prosperous communities, and in doing so deliver pioneering standards across its business. Its annual sustainability report measures the tangible benefits the company’s sustainability strategy is having on its stakeholders, the environment, and community at large.

Ibrahim Al Zu’bi, Head of Sustainability, Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said: “Sustainability is and will remain one of our key objectives. As the world continues to face a number of environmental challenges, we have a responsibility to our community as industry leaders to practice informed decision making and showcase examples for others in a position of power. By setting and exceeding international best practice standards, we establish new benchmarks across the MENA region and while, maintaining a healthy performance for our business and key stakeholders.

In 2016, Majid Al Futtaim became the first company in the MENA region to publicly commit to investing in renewable energy. The company announced plans to use solar photovoltaic technology to generate at least 5 percent of total energy across existing developments by 2018. The company also aims to source a minimum of 7.5 percent of energy across all new developments from solar energy. In the last three years, Majid Al Futtaim has reduced energy consumption by 9 percent across the 12 hotels in its portfolio. It expects to save another AED3 million by installing LED lighting at the 21 shopping malls across the region.

Majid Al Futtaim Properties continued to set the benchmark for sustainable development in the region, successfully implementing a labour policy for its construction workers, which set out commitments to safeguard worker rights across its developments, including timely pay, annual leave and labour accommodation. Majid Al Futtaim – Properties’ aims to influence best practice on the treatment of workers; 123 healthy and safety audits were conducted and construction sites were announced fatality free during 2016.

As part of its commitment to develop prosperous and inclusive communities that promote well-being and engagement, Majid Al Futtaim – Properties invested AED 8.9 million in community causes across the region. Majid Al Futtaim employees committed 13,228 hours to volunteering based on a programme which encourages employees to take one paid day off work to help in areas such as working with children, supporting homeless people and helping with environmental projects. Employees also received 319 hours dedicated to sustainability training in 2016 across the MENA region. An executive leadership sustainability training for the CEOs of each business, along with Majid Al Futtaim – Holding CEO and Chief Human Capital Officer was undertaken.

Majid Al Futtaim – Properties’ also achieved 343 green star rating across its existing assets, reduced energy intensity for malls by 12% and water use intensity for hotels by 4% since 2014. Leading by example, Majid Al Futtaim’s head office in Dubai achieved a recycling rate of 69%.

Over the past few years Majid Al Futtaim – Properties’ has significantly invested in developing assets which comply with green building standards. By the close of 2016, the company had a 12 Green Building Certified assets. In addition, My City Centre Al Barsha achieved LEED Platinum, the highest standard, and Hilton Garden Inn Dubai, Mall of the Emirates became the first property within Majid Al Futtaim hotel portfolio to obtain a LEED Gold certificate, while, Al Zahia mixed use development in Sharjah also obtained the first BREEAM Communities interim certificate in the MENA region. The company also established its Green Star tenant awards programme to recognise tenants who have made bold strides towards sustainability.

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Meet legal experts at Indian Property Show on 8, 9, 10 June

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  • Get free legal advice relating to existing properties, new purchases and tenancy laws.
  • Lawyers and Indian real estate specialists to guide NRIs.
  • Attend free seminars at the exhibition to understand legalities of buying, due diligence measures, new laws and much more

As the Indian Property Show, Dubai’s popular Indian real-estate exhibition, returns to Dubai on 8th, 9th and 10th of June, NRIs can look forward to exciting deals, discounts, on the spot offers and lock in their investment in real estate back home. The exhibition, which will be held at Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre, will feature developers from across India who will be showcasing properties to suit every budget and requirement. Alongside the property showcase and providing a platform for buyers and developers to come face to face, the organizers of the event have taken special measures to educate NRIs on the nuances of property buying. The exhibition will be open from 3pm to 12 midnight, with free entry and facility for free parking.

Senior advocates and respected legal experts from India will be conducting free to attend, interactive and educative seminars guiding the buyers on affordable housing, legalities of property investment, owner’s rights, risk litigation, RERA, taxations, due diligence, high growth cities in India and Vaastu. Visitors can also benefit from free legal advice relating to existing properties, new purchases and tenancy laws.

“Educating buyers on the various aspects of Indian realty has been an integral part of our exhibition and by bringing the most respected and renowned lawyers and real estate experts on board; we are trying to bridge the information gap while giving buyers direct access to the best in the industry”, said R. Srividya, General Manager- Corporate Sales & Brand Engagement, Indian Property Show at Sumansa Exhibitions.

Seminars by Ashwinder Raj Singh, CEO- Residential Services JLL India will provide NRI guide to property investment in India, investment hotspots, the dos and don’ts of investments in Indian real estate, Real estate outlook for 2017 and trends , checklist for NRI investors and a special session on how infrastructure status to affordable housingwillboost real estate markets in India.

On the other hand, Vaastu and Interior seminars by Dr. Padmaja Yadav will provide quick tips on buying Vaastu compliant properties for increased health, wealth and harmony.

“After demonetization, the introduction of RERA, GTS  and infrastructure status to affordable housing, the real estate sector is heading towards a more profound and sustainable development. This aggressive change in the real estate is an invitation to the glorious era of real estate in India. More formalized, more secured and transparent. We felt it’s our duty to update the buyers on the new developments and help them make an informed decision”, added Srividya.

The bi-annual Indian Property Show has garnered respect and trust among the NRI community in the UAE for its cohesive platform that provides comprehensive information and assistance vis-à-vis Indian real-estate. Now in its 20th edition, the exhibition is one of the most-awaited property events on the Indian expats’ calendar.

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Dubai International Academic City seeks to Increase Enrolment of Chinese Students to its Education Hub

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  • Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) concludes Chinese Education Roadshow, promoting Dubai as a leading international destination for Chinese students
  • Degrees earned by Chinese students in Dubai are verified and recognised by CSCSE and the Ministry of Education in China

As part of its continued efforts to promote Dubai as a leading global destination for higher education, Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), Dubai’s key education hub, concluded a four day visit to Beijing and Xi’an to participate in the Chinese International Education Exhibition Tour (CIEET).

This marks DIAC’s fourth year of participation in CIEET, one of the largest exhibitions in the field of international education in China. CIEET, endorsed by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, provides a platform for Chinese students and parents to assess the latest information about studying abroad and develops channels for universities and institutions to introduce their quality education resources and opportunities.

Since its inception, approximately 2,000 universities and institutions from more than 50 countries and regions have participated in the exhibition and showcased their educational opportunities to over 1 million Chinese students and parents.

DIAC’s participation in CIEET is timely as Dubai and China continue to forge greater collaboration in higher education as part of China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which aims to deepen China’s infrastructural, economic, institutional and cultural connectivity with key parts of the globe. In October 2016, an agreement, signed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) in Dubai and the Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE), outlined that degrees earned by Chinese students in Dubai will be verified by CSCSE and the Ministry of Education in China, paving the way for Chinese students to obtain degrees from top Dubai based institutions.

In recent years, Dubai has become an attractive choice for a rising number of Chinese students who are seeking international experience from world-class universities. The rise of International Branch Campuses (IBC’s) has allowed students to receive recognised degrees from leading American, English and Australian universities, without having to travel to the home country’s campus. This, coupled with the ease of obtaining student visas compared to the aforementioned countries, is one of the key indicators for the 83 per cent increase of Chinese students at DIAC universities from 2013 to 2015.

Dubai’s accessibility, both geographically and financially have also been cited as key features for higher education students from China. The cost of living compared to major cities like London, Singapore and New York and its proximity to China are main considerations for students who want quality education, closer to home and at a reasonable price. Students can enjoy a cosmopolitan and international lifestyle, interacting with people from diverse nationalities, cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds. Safety is another key feature that has positioned Dubai as a viable destination for international students. The 2016 World Economic Forum Report ranked the United Arab Emirates as the 3rd safest country in the world.

Commenting on the importance of creating awareness among Chinese students of the higher education opportunities in Dubai, Mr. Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director, Dubai International Academic City and Dubai Knowledge Park stated, “International students play a vital role in expanding DIAC’s vibrant and dynamic cultural environment. Chinese students contribute to a large portion of our enrolment and make a huge contribution to our academic life, knowledge and economic growth by brining valuable skills and a commendable work ethic to our academic and professional workforce.”

According to a report launched by DIAC in partnership with Aon Hewitt, as many as 85 percent of students plan to look for job opportunities in the UAE upon graduation due to course satisfaction, preparation for private sector careers and a competitive labour market, especially in light of the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020.

Abdullah added, “We envisage an increasingly significant role for Chinese students in Dubai especially with the upcoming Dubai Expo 2020, which has promised to create more than 275,000 jobs in sectors such as aviation, construction, retail and transportation across the region over the next six years. The opportunities are abound and there is no better time than now to seize them.”

 

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Aon Hewitt Appoints New Chief Executive Officer for Middle East

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Aon Hewitt, a business of Aon plc and leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, announces the appointment of Christopher Michael Page as Chief Executive Officer of Aon Hewitt Middle East and Africa. Chris will lead the firm’s expansion efforts across the Middle East and Africa.

Chris has more than 18 years of consulting and industry experience in the UK and Middle East.  He has worked with leading organizations, in the context of their Human Capital, to help them develop commercially aligned insight and deliver strategic, transformational and operational improvements to drive business performance.

Chris was most recently founder and CEO of AnteCurvae HR Consulting FZE.  Prior to that, he led Mercer’s HR consulting business in the Middle East. He has been based in the Middle East since 2014 and before his move to Dubai in 2014, spent 5 years with KPMG, leading their People Services team in London and South East England.

Commenting on the appointment, Chris said: “Aon Hewitt already has a strong presence in the Middle East, and I am excited to take on the challenge of further driving growth for the firm in this region. I will provide dedicated focus to the region, and look forward to working closely with our colleagues to deliver unmatched value to our clients.”

Ray Everett, who has been leading the Middle East operations since May 2016, said: “We welcome Chris to the new role and wish him every success. I’m confident that Chris will build upon our strong capabilities in Middle East and accelerate results for our clients, colleagues, and communities.”

Ray Everett has since been appointed Global President of McLagan, Aon Hewitt’s HR consulting and benchmarking firm for the financial services industry.

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