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al khaliji appoints Rana Ahmad Al Asaad as Acting Head of Personal Banking

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al khaliji appoints Rana Ahmad Al Asaad as Acting Head of Personal Banking


457Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C., next generation bank, has appointed Ms. Rana Ahmad Al Asaad as Acting Head of Personal Banking. This step comes in line with the bank’s Qatarization strategy and commitment to Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and to increasing the reliance on talented and qualified Qataris to take on leadership roles in the Banking Sector.

In her capacity as Acting Head of Personal Banking, Ms. Al Assad will be directing and managing al khaliji’s Personal Banking business in line with the Bank’s overall vision, mission and strategy.

Commenting on the executive appointment, al khaliji’s Group Chief Executive Officer Fahad Al Khalifa said, “al khaliji aims to create a strongly qualified and professional Qatari workforce to support the Bank’s growth in the banking sector. We are pleased to see a healthy balance between our external recruitment strategy which brings fresh experience and internal human capital development strategy, both of which will contribute to the Bank’s overall evolution.”

al khaliji focuses on developing and growing Qatari nationals within the organization and has previously appointed a number of Qataris in senior management positions with a strong track record.

Strengthening its Qatarization program, al khaliji recently hosted an “Open Day” at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs with the aim of reaching out to qualified nationals and offering them excellent career opportunities in the banking sector.



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Dubai Properties appoints Engineering Contracting Company (ECC L.L.C) as lead contractor for AED800 million Dubai Wharf Project

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Dubai Properties appoints Engineering Contracting Company (ECC L.L.C) as lead contractor for AED800 million Dubai Wharf Project


410Having successfully launched Dubai Wharf last month at Cityscape Global, leading real estate developer, Dubai Properties (DP) has appointed the Engineering Contracting Company (ECC L.L.C) as the lead contractor for the 800 million dirham project.

With 6.53% of the total construction completed including the enabling and substructure works, Dubai Wharf is on track to be completed in Q1 2017. Commenting on the news, Mohammad Al Habbai, DP’s spokesperson said: “With its unique contemporary design, Dubai Wharf will be one of DP’s flagship projects in the up and coming Culture Village district.”

“This news comes only one month after the project launch, which is a significant milestone for DP and testament to our commitment to delivering this project on time, and to the highest possible standard ECC L.L.C is a distinguished company that is known for its high quality work and precision in delivery, and we look forward to partnering with them to realize this exciting project.”

Khodr Aldah, General Director of ECC L.L.C said: ‘We are honoured to have been awarded the prestigious project of Dubai Wharf by DP, which will add another star to our 40 years of construction excellence. We are excited to commence construction this month and are fully committed to ensuring the project is ready for occupation by early 2017. Together with the DP team, we look forward to making this project a huge success.”

Dubai Wharf’s four towers will comprise 582 residential units, 150 retail, and dining units, as well as 2,080 car parking spaces at basement level. Pedestrian bridges will be constructed over the canal to offer full connectivity throughout all Culture Village developments, while three pedestrian accesses will provide convenient seamless entry points to Dubai Wharf, retail facilities and the canal promenade.

Along with DP’s Manazel Al Khor and Anantara hotel developments, Dubai Wharf is conveniently located at the heart of Culture Village within walking distance from Al Jaddaf Metro Station, and is easily accessible from Al Khail Road, Business Bay Crossing and Al Jaddaf Road.

DP has successfully delivered some of Dubai’s most popular residential and mixed-use developments across key areas including JBR, The Villa, Al Waha along with the Executive Towers, the popular Vision Tower and Bay Square projects in Business Bay.





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Etihad Airways appoints new GM for Thailand

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Etihad Airways appoints new GM for Thailand


4184Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Mr Dimitrios Karagkioules as General Manager for Thailand.

Mr Karagkioules, who has more than 20 years of airline experience, takes up the Bangkok-based role after five years in Athens as Etihad Airways General Manager for Greece.

Prior to joining Etihad Airways, Mr Karagkioules held a number of Athens-based sales and marketing management roles at Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines.

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways said: “We are delighted to welcome Dimitrios to the Asia Pacific management team and wish him success in the new role.

“As General Manager for Thailand he will have significant responsibility for the performance of the Bangkok route – the busiest in the global network – and for our second Thai gateway, Phuket.”

Mr Karagkioules said he was looking forward to the challenges of the new role and was excited about the move to Bangkok.

“I am truly delighted to have been appointed to the role and look forward to working with the local team and industry partners to accelerate the airline’s growth in the Thai market.”

Mr Karagkioules reports to Craig Thomas who is Etihad Airways Vice President for Asia Pacific North and the Indian Sub-Continent, and also based in Bangkok.




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Oman Air Appoints Paul Gregorowitsch As CEO

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Oman Air Appoints Paul Gregorowitsch As CEO


439Oman Air has appointed Paul Gregorowitsch as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective the beginning of August 2014. Oman Air’s Chairman, His Excellency Darwish bin Ismail bin Ali Al Balushi, hailed it as the start of a new chapter in the illustrious development, at local, regional and international levels, of the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman.

His Excellency welcomed Mr Gregorowitsch to Oman Air, saying:

“On behalf of the Board of Directors of Oman Air, I would like to welcome Paul Gregorowitsch to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr Gregorowitsch has vast experience in international airline management and his commercial expertise will be of immense benefit to Oman Air during its current phase, as well as in its next phase, where the company will experience expansion and evolution in terms of the strength of its fleet, the destinations it flies to, its operational network and its commercial activities.”

Mr Gregorowitsch, a citizen of the Netherlands, joins Oman Air from Air Berlin, where, having joined the company in 2011, he sat on its Management Board with responsibility for the carrier’s commercial activities. Air Berlin is one of Europe’s leading airlines with a network of 171 destinations. Prior to joining Air Berlin, he was, from 2007 to 2011, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amsterdam-based passenger and cargo airline Martinair Holland NV, where he implemented successful restructuring measures to bring the company back into profit in record time.

Mr Gregorowitsch has also held a series of international management positions within Air France-KLM, rising to Executive Vice President Commercial. He was part of the Executive team that was responsible for amalgamating the passenger divisions of Air France and KLM, and was a member of the Alliance Steering Committee of Northwest Airlines and KLM.

Paul Gregorowitsch studied at the University of Leiden and at the Dutch Scientific Institute for Tourism and Leisure Management, in the Netherlands, and is married with three adult children.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul Gregorowitsch said:

“I am delighted to be taking up this vital and exciting role as Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air. I am joining the airline at a critical time in its development and I look forward to making a significant contribution to its prosperity and growth, as well as to Oman’s travel and tourism industry.

“In recent years, Oman Air’s emergence as one of the world’s leading luxury airlines has illustrated the enormous progress it has made and it will be a pleasure to work with the company’s Board of Directors and its talented and committed staff to take Oman Air through its forthcoming programme of expansion.”

Mr Gregorowitsch will work with the Board of Directors and airline staff to oversee Oman Air’s second major phase of expansion, which will start later this year with the arrival of the first of 20 aircraft the carrier currently has on order. These include three Airbus A330s, six Boeing B787 Dreamliners and 11 Boeing B737s, which will enable Oman Air to expand its network and increase frequencies on existing routes.

Oman Air’s current fleet strength stands at 30, comprising seven Airbus A330s, 17 Boeing B737s, four Embraer E175s and two ATR 42s, whilst its network covers 43 destinations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa.



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Jadwa Investment appoints new CFO

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Jadwa Investment appoints new CFO


485Jadwa Investment, a major Saudi investment firm with headquarters in Riyadh, Saturday announced the appointment of Abdulaziz Al-Arifi as chief financial officer.

The appointment is part of the firm’s continued expansion and reinforcement of its senior management team tasked with leading the firm’s new business strategy.

Leveraging over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, Al-Arifi joins Jadwa from Bahri, the National Shipping Company of the Kingdom, where he has been treasurer in which he has been supervising the company’s investments, managing liquidity and financing.

Al-Arifi, who played an instrumental role in Bahri’s acquisition of Vela, also has extensive capital market experience as he was a founding member of the corporate finance department at the Capital Market Authority (CMA) since its inception in 2004.

During his time at the CMA, Al-Arifi participated in the Saudi capital market development through formulation of regulatory framework and issuance of several regulations such as the listing rules, and merger and acquisitions regulations. Al-Arifi also managed the application review process for IPOs, rights issues, and sukuk offering.

Al-Arifi holds a BS business management from Babson College in Massachusetts and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Commenting on the appointment, Tariq Al-Sudairy, managing director and CEO of Jadwa Investment, said: “We are delighted to welcome Abdulaziz on board. His appointment is part of Jadwa Investment’s ongoing efforts to strengthen our executive management team. Abdulaziz is a strong leader and has demonstrated the kind of superior business and financial acumen that makes him uniquely qualified to lead our finance team. We are certain that our team will benefit from the skills he has built as we look to continue to execute our business strategy.”

Al-Arifi said: “I am happy to be part of Jadwa’s management team. Jadwa has a talented qualified team with extensive experience, which is evident through the performance of Jadwa Investment’s portfolio in both asset management and private equity. I look forward to work closely with the team to achieve further growth and success in the future.”


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Canon Middle East appoints Creative Force to expand professional video business in Iraq

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Canon Middle East appoints Creative Force to expand professional video business in Iraq


471Canon Middle East, a leader in imaging solutions, has appointed Creative Force to expand it Professional Video business in Iraq. Focused on the broadcast and production industry, the collaboration is part of Canon’s strategy of diversification into new business domains such as professional cinematography and pro-video.

In Iraq, the number of radio and TV stations has increased rapidly since 2003 and, according to a BBC report, up to 97% of homes have a satellite dish and there are more than 30 Iraq-facing satellite networks. With the rise of the broadcast sector, Canon’s partnership with Creative Force will concentrate on cinematography and professional video equipment with multipurpose technology that can be utilized across several platforms.

Creative Force has over 20 years of experience in designing media system integrations to meet and exceed customer expectations. The company offers a variety of high quality production and postproduction services for promotional, corporate and educational films as well as TV commercials, music videos and documentaries. Their expertise in equipment brands allows them to advise customers such as broadcasters, production houses and videographers on the best technology solutions to meet their specialized filming needs.

Anurag Agrawal, Canon Middle East Managing Director, said: “Having Creative Force on board as a Canon Authorized Partner in Iraq is a great asset in expanding our professional video business due to their strong local presence and familiarity with the customers which will bring Canon technology closer to the market. This partnership is another strategic step for Canon towards achieving the diversity strategy set at our partner conference.”

Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director , Canon Middle East said: “With the rise of media activity in Iraq, Creative Force will highlight key opportunities for Canon in the entire country. Creative Force’s team of production experts will now be able to offer their in-depth knowledge about the latest Canon technologies to production houses and broadcasters so as to create a maximum visual impact for their viewers.”

Fariborz Kamrani, Managing Director, Creative Force: “The broadcast and production industries in Iraq are growing with a lot of content being produced locally by both national and international companies. Our collaboration with Canon Middle East will ensure that videographers in Iraq will have access to top of the line professional video equipment to be used in their projects. At Creative Force, we recognize the talent and potential available in the country and we are committed in providing the high quality media system integrations needed for the industry to grow even further.”

Canon’s range of professional videography cameras includes the C Series which is used by both independent and Hollywood filmmakers for cinematography purposes. The XA and XF Series are ideal for broadcasting companies and often utilized to capture live events or documentaries. Among the models is the XF 300, Canon’s first Professional file-based HD Video Camera. It allows versatile file-based recording and direct to readily available CF Cards that create an easy integration into the standardized workflows needed in broadcast. All cameras are designed through feedback from professional camera operators in order to create the ultimate mobile tool that maintains an excellent balance between operation and weight.





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Emirates Grand Hotel appoints new sales managers

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Emirates Grand Hotel appoints new sales managers


4263Emirates Grand Hotel announces the appointment of Aftab Abdul Raman and Muhammad Saqib Nawaz as Sales Managers, to assist in business development and manage the hotel’s key accounts.

In their roles, Aftab and Saqib will support the Director of Sales and Marketing in maximising revenue, and developing new sales strategies. They will also maintain and strengthen the ties with the hotel’s existing partners and generate new business leads.

Aftab has more than 10 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, combining experiences in reservations and sales. His previous assignments were from properties including Flora Group of Hotels & Chelsea Tower Hotel Apartments as Assistant Sales Manager.

Saqib has been in the industry for eight years, with extensive experience in operations and sales from properties including Movenpick Hotel and Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa.

Rohit Rattan, Director of Sales and Marketing welcomes the new team members: “We are very pleased to have Saqib and Aftab on board. We are counting on their valuable contribution to our department as we embark on the expansion of the property and the group.”



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Libyan Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) appoints Deloitte to support launch of Libyan Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme

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Libyan Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) appoints Deloitte to support launch of Libyan Public Private Partnership (PPP) programme


4159The Libyan Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Deloitte as its advisor to deliver national infrastructure projects through Libya’s PPP programme. Deloitte was selected following a competitive process with independent international evaluation.

Through active investment in and promotion of PPP opportunities, LLIDF is working to generate long-term financial returns and tangible socio-economic benefits by developing Libya’s infrastructure.

The agreement, signed 1 April 2014 in Tripoli by Mr. Bader Ben-Othman (CEO of LLIDF) and Mr. Ian Simpson (Partner with Deloitte), marks an important milestone for Libya’s PPP agenda.

Mr. Bader Ben-Othman noted: “We are delighted to work with Deloitte on this important initiative. Throughout the evaluation and selection process, Deloitte’s capabilities and credentials became evident to all involved. As such, I am confident in Deloitte’s ability to assist us and we look forward to working with them to bring this project to fruition.”

Mr. Ian Simpson added: “Our Infrastructure & Capital Projects team has worked on some of the world’s largest and most complex projects. Deloitte is pleased to be working alongside LLIDF and we look forward to leveraging our global expertise to establish Libya as a centre of PPP excellence and partner of choice for private investors.”

Following a review of the PPP strategy, the focus will shift to growing LLIDF’s institutional capacity and designing the PPP delivery organisation. A number of sector studies will soon be undertaken to explore opportunities to attract global private investment. This will be followed by the implementation of PPP pilot projects aimed at stimulating economic development.



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Al Habtoor Group appoints Asteco as the sole leasing agent for Al Habtoor City residences

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Al Habtoor Group appoints Asteco as the sole leasing agent for Al Habtoor City residences


482The Al Habtoor Group has appointed Asteco as the sole leasing agent for ‘Al Habtoor City’ three residential towers. Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group signed the official agreement with John Stevens, Managing Director, Asteco at the Al Habtoor Group head office on Al Wasl Road on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Mohammed Al Habtoor said, “Asteco has a great reputation in the region, and we are confident it will meet our demands with the project. Dubai’s economy is booming right now and the city needs a project like ours to meet its growing demands for upscale residential living - especially ahead of the EXPO 2020. Al Habtoor City is our flagship project. It will be a great addition to Dubai.”

Al Habtoor City, a multi-use development, will incorporate three five star hotels (WESTIN, W Hotel and St. Regis), and three residential towers. The residential blocks will incorporate up to 1,500 luxury apartments – including 11 penthouses, two of which are VIP penthouses over a 4-storey high podium.

Two of the residential towers within Al Habtoor City will be 74 floors high, boasting spectacular views of Dubai; the third tower will scale 40 floors. Each of the residential towers will include a single-storey 720 meter ‘Simplex’ penthouse, and two 2-storey ‘Duplex’ penthouses ranging from 795-820 square meters. The taller blocks will feature a 4-storey VIP penthouse with 3,000 square meter of living space, and 360 degree view of the city.

Mohammed Al Habtoor added, “The penthouses will be spectacular, and fitted to the highest of standards. They will be very unique.”

Commenting on Asteco’s appointment as sole leasing agent, John Stevens, Managing Director, Asteco said, “The Al Habtoor brand is synonymous with quality and Al Habtoor City will exemplify that perception. Undoubtedly, once complete, it will be one of the most sought after residential addresses in the UAE and is another prestigious development that will benefit from Asteco’s considerable experience in property management.”

The entire project, which is on track for delivery within 30 months, is the largest project of its kind currently under construction. The 10 million square foot complex will include a French-style garden, a tennis academy, a European boulevard and a permanent water-themed Las Vegas-style production by Franco Dragone, a marina and multiple restaurants and bars. The development will open in 2016.







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ETIHAD AIRWAYS APPOINTS NEW AREA GENERAL MANAGER IN KINGDOM OF SAUDIA ARABIA

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ETIHAD AIRWAYS APPOINTS NEW AREA GENERAL MANAGER IN KINGDOM OF SAUDIA ARABIA


439Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Rashed Saif Al Shabi as Area General Manager for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Based in Riyadh, Mr Al Shabi will oversee the airline’s commercial activities in the Kingdom, with flights currently operated between Riyadh, Jeddah Dammam and Al Medina AL Munawra and Abu Dhabi.

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways, said: “Saudi Arabia is a very important market for Etihad Airways and we are delighted that Rashed Saif Al Shabi, who has an extensive and successful track record, will serve as our new Area General Manager.

“Rashed is the first Emirati to be appointed as Area General Manager in our fast growing global sales organisation, reflecting our continued efforts to place UAE nationals in strategically important roles across our key international markets.”

Mr Al Shabi previously served in a number of roles at Etihad Airways, including General Manager in Cyprus and Business Development Manager in Jordan. He also established the airline’s station in the Seychelles and was crucially involved in developing and implementing Etihad Airways’ partnership with Air Seychelles, in which the UAE national carrier owns a 40 per cent stake.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Al Shabi said: “Etihad Airways commenced flights to Saudi Arabia in December 2004 and it has remained a key market for us ever since. I am excited about the opportunity to further develop our presence in the Kingdom, including the launch of flights to Al Medina this month.”

The new service to Al Medina commenced on February 1, 2014, increasing the weekly number of Saudi Arabia flights operated by Etihad Airways to 58.



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