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Laila Al Sheikhly to join Alarab News Channel

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Laila Al Sheikhly to join Alarab News Channel


4152Alarab News Channel announced that Laila Al Sheikhly is to join the channel’s news team. She will anchor one of the channel’s news programmes and brings with her nearly 25 years of experience in broadcast journalism. Laila joins Alarab from Al Jazeera and will form part of a near-300 strong team bringing the region’s freshest news channel to air later this year.

“To be part of a new channel is a great opportunity; to be part of a new channel with the clear vision and the professional standards of Alarab is an opportunity too good to miss,” said Ms Sheikhly. “I hope I can bring a style to the channel which touches the audience and wins us a loyal group of followers.”

Alarab is a brand new style of news programming, designed to give a new generation of news watchers what they need. Alarab aims to bring its viewers news from around the world which impacts their lives, and set it in the context of the region’s history and politics. The all-Arabic channel will include extensive news programming as well as regular news roundups, travel and the channel’s deal with Bloomberg will enable it to bring business people the very latest information they need.

Laila Al Sheikhly started her career in journalism in 1990 in Washington as a newscaster with ANA. In 1994 she moved to BBC Arabia to become its first female presenter and her list of firsts continued in 1996 when she because the first Arab female to host a political programme when she did so with MBC in 1996. She spent seven years at Abu Dhabi television from 1999 to 2006 when she joined Al Jazeera in 2006.




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Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes First Saudi Higher Education Institute to Join SAP Dual Study Program

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Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes First Saudi Higher Education Institute to Join SAP Dual Study Program


4177The Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes is the Kingdom’s first higher education institute to join SAP’s Dual Study Education Program, the organizations announced today.

SAP’s Dual Study Program, run by the SAP Training and Development Institute, provides students with an interwoven curriculum and work experience that prepares them for life after graduation.

The two-year-long program has three key blocks: technical and soft skill SAP courses; certifications in technical, functional, or business tracks; and on-the-job internship placement for three-to-six months that connects students with SAP’s customers and ecosystem partners. Following successful completion of the SAP Dual Study Program, students graduate as SAP Associate Consultants.

The partnership was marked by a signing ceremony with delegations from the Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes and SAP, led by Dr. Ahmed Dabroom, Director General, Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes; and Ahmed Al Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia.

The Royal Commission at Yanbu was established in the 1980s to provide preparation to Saudi students for middle- and higher-level career positions in industry, commerce, and government occupations, by providing appropriate knowledge and skills in all programs offered.

The higher education institute includes Yanbu Industrial College, Yanbu University College, and the Yanbu Technical Institute.

“Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes are now transitioning into an ‘entrepreneurial’ higher education institution, redefining our traditional role in the community as a knowledge creator through basic and applied research, a technology and knowledge transfer agent, and a catalyst for social development and economic growth,” said Dr. Ahmed Dabroom, Director General, Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes.

“With this vision, the Royal Commission Yanbu would like to collaborate with SAP as an alliance, a future partner, and a friend for the nation’s youth here in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to better contribute to the life-long learning skills of talent and beyond,” added Dr. Dabroom.

As the Kingdom’s economy continues to grow and diversify, a young and increasingly well-educated Saudi labor force provides a tremendous opportunity to boost growth and living standards, according to a report from the International Monetary Fund.

“Royal Commission Yanbu Colleges and Institutes is a pioneering force in the Kingdom’s higher education sector, and by joining our Dual Study Program, we are committed to working together to provide the Kingdom’s students with the education and skills needed to successfully enter the public and private sectors, and drive the global competitiveness for the Kingdom’s economy,” said Ahmed Al Faifi, Managing Director, SAP Saudi Arabia.

SAP’s Dual Study Program technical courses cover the topics of how to integrate business processes, and certifications in analytics, material management, financials, and controlling. Students also learn soft skills such as presentation and communication, project management, negotiation and conflict management, and design thinking.

In the coming months, SAP will continue to develop and enhance partnerships to build skills for young talent and fresh graduates in the Kingdom and the wider MENA region.




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First Gulf airline to join oneworld alliance accused of breaching policies

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First Gulf airline to join oneworld alliance accused of breaching policies


428Qatar Airways (QR) allegedly broke oneworld airline alliance rules barely a week after joining the airline group, according to Arabian Business.

The first Gulf airline to join the alliance is supposedly denying premium frequent flyers from accessing the alliance-affiliated luxury lounges in London and Doha, thus constituting a breach to the oneworld policies.

Rather, the airline has only been granting access to the lounges for travelers flying in business or first class, regardless if they are considered “gold” or “premium” customers. High-status customers flying economy have been denied access in London’s Heathrow and Qatar’s Doha airports to the lounges.

Such practices are in direct conflict with oneworld’s lounge policy, which states that  “Members of oneworld airline frequent flyer programmes with the equivalent of oneworld Emerald or Sapphire tier status can use any lounge offered by any oneworld airline when departing on any flight marketed and operated by any oneworld member airline, regardless of cabin class being flown….Emerald tier frequent flyers can use First Class, Business Class or frequent flyer lounges. Sapphire tier frequent flyers are welcome in Business Class or frequent flyer lounges.”

QR has responded to the accusation by comparing its policy to the British Airways’ Concorde room at Heathrow which is only for BA’s first class passengers. Like BA, QR’s says that its premium lounge in London is “exclusive” and not included in the oneworld lounge scheme. “QR offers both first and business class lounge access for the first/business traveller, his/her guest, and emerald/sapphire travellers. In addition, QR offers a Premium Lounge which is only for (first and business) ticketed passengers on QR or another Oneworld member airline – not their guests, not emerald/sapphire passengers,” a Qatar Airways spokeswoman told Australian Business Traveller.






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16 talented UAE National graduates join First Gulf Bank’s Nujoom fast-track management scheme

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16 talented UAE National graduates join First Gulf Bank’s Nujoom fast-track management scheme


4101As part of continued efforts to encourage more UAE National youth to pursue careers in the banking sector, First Gulf Bank (FGB), one of the major leading banks in the UAE, has launched the third phase of its ‘Nujoom’ management training scheme for talented UAE National university graduates.

16 newly-graduated Emiratis from local and international universities have joined the programme, which will see them obtain a deeper knowledge of the finance and banking sectors, and acquire the skills they need to succeed in their future careers. A total of 58 graduates have now enrolled in the ‘Nujoom’ scheme to date.

The 18-month training programme is based at FGB’s on-site business school and offers participants to acquire real-life, hands-on experience of working across a variety of banking functions, in addition to developing general managerial and leadership skills. The Nujoom scheme reflects FGB’s genuine commitment towards workforce Emiratisation, combining practical experience and ‘real world’ industry exposure.

Commenting on the launch of the programme’s third phase, Abdulrahman Saqr, Senior Vice President and Head of Emiratisation at FGB, said, “There is no doubt that the UAE National community contains a wealth of untapped potential talent for the banking industry. We designed the Nujoom programme to fit with FGB’s strategy of building a sustainable pipeline of talented Emiratis to join our rapidly expanding network. With 58 UAE Nationals now enrolled across the different phrases we are already seeing that it is bearing fruit. We will continue to invest in this critical initiative which is mutually beneficial for both the bank and our local community.”

Noora Mohammed Al Reyaysi, FGB UAE National Development and Program Manager, at FGB, said, “The Nujoom programme exposes participants to the diverse business functions of the bank and helps them to understand where their key strengths lie, as well as developing their leadership and general business skills. We have already placed the earliest entrants, who have now graduated the programme, into key management areas across FGB, which is proof that Nujoom has become a vital channel for the development of human talent in the bank’s workforce. As the scheme becomes more established, we expect to see even more interest from the community in the opportunities that Nujoom offers young UAE Nationals.”

First Gulf Bank offers a range of mentoring and guidance programmes, including Al Manara Mentorship programme, and its recent summer training scheme. FGB has also launched First Gulf Bank Business School for its employees to promote their development and to provide them with new skills required in their specific positions and designations.






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Qatar car rental users to join online shopping boom

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Qatar car rental users to join online shopping boom


2521With online shopping across the Arab world booming, growing numbers of car rental users in Qatar are expected to turn to the Internet for domestic and worldwide bookings.

Hertz Qatar, which operates four car rental locations in Doha, has just launched a new website along with a simplified version for mobile phone users.

The new site, hertz.qa, gives customers a quick and easy way to book rental vehicles at 8,500 locations worldwide, including Qatar and other Middle East countries.

Those visiting the site between now and 21 August can also take advantage of Eid discounts of up to 15% when renting with Hertz in Qatar, the Middle East region, Europe and USA.

Customers are directed to the award-winning main Hertz online platform, and can either prepay for their rentals in Qatari Riyals and save money at the same time, or pay when they pick up their vehicle.

Those on the move can do the same by connecting with mobile.hertz.com, a simplified website enabled for mobile phones.

“More and more people in Qatar, and in many other Arab countries, now at least want the option to shop online for many products from the convenience of their own home, or the office,” said Sanaa Ouahmane, General Manager, Hertz Qatar.
“We’re providing our customers with online platforms which are at the cutting edge of technology, and offer the best online experience available.”

Underlining the growing trend in online shopping, a report by research firm Euromonitor International earlier this year said online sales in the Arab world are forecast to top $2bn (QR7.3bn) by 2016.

In addition to its benefits for consumers, the new website will be welcomed by travel agents who will find it easier and faster to find a wider choice of Hertz car rental quotes when making bookings for customers.

Customers making bookings through the new website earn frequent flyer miles from Hertz global airline partners such as Qatar Airways Privilege Club, or receive points from Hertz hotel partners.

Hertz Qatar’s four car rental locations in Doha are found at Almana Tower on Airport Road
Doha International Airport, the Ford Showroom on Salwa Road and Al Mana workshop.


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34 tourism professionals join ‘Discover Sharjah’ orientation drive

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34 tourism professionals join ‘Discover Sharjah’ orientation drive


2195‘Discover Sharjah’ is the new mantra for the front office staff of the emirate’s growing tourism and hospitality sector. The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority has wrapped up a two-day orientation tour, Discover Sharjah, for selected representatives of some of the leading hotels in the emirate.

Thirty-four industry representatives attended the orientation tour that included lectures about Sharjah’s history, culture and tourism sector, as well as visits to the prominent tourist attractions and landmarks across the emirate.

The orientation tour took the trainees to a number of museums, art galleries, cultural and historical landmarks and popular tourist attractions and entertainment spots in the emirate.

The group visited the Sharjah University City, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, Sharjah Aquarium, Maritime Museum, Al Mahatta Museum, Classic Cars Museum, Archaeology Museum, Sharjah Discovery Center and others.

Some of the popular tourist attractions that were on the itinerary included Al Majaz Waterfront with its number of upscale restaurants, a musical fountain and children’s play areas and Dr Sultan Al Qassimi Center for Gulf Studies which also boasts a collection of unique maps, rare books and coins.

The participants went in a tour around the Heritage Area in the old quarters of the emirate, where they were briefed on the ambitious Heart of Sharjah project.

The group explored the Heritage area on foot, visiting the Sharjah Heritage Museum, Beit Al Naboodah, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, besides Al Eslah School, Souq Al Arsa and Majlis Al Midfa etc.

Underscoring the importance of the orientation tour, SCTDA Chairman HE Mohamed Ali Al Noman said that that the campaign was part of the Authority’s efforts to enhance the skills and services of the tourism sector staff updating them on the latest projects and developments in the emirate. Al Noman said that the Authority was committed to promoting Sharjah’s special tourism product locally, regionally and internationally.

The SCTDA Chairman added that the orientation tour has been timed to coincide with the summer when hotels in the emirate witness a sharp increase in occupancy rates, mostly from the GCC countries, especially after the recent SCTDA road shows in Gulf capitals. During the summer season, he pointed out, the emirate organises a number of promotional and entertainment events and exhibitions like Sharjah Summer Promotions and Ramadan and Eid Fair that includes an exhibition and celebrates the Holy month with greater fervour.

“We are counting on summer events and activities to increase tourism inflow into the emirate this season,” said Al Noman.

“Thanks to its natural diversity and cultural richness, Sharjah has emerged as one of the favourite tourism destinations in the region,” pointed out Al Noman.

“Even as it remains true to its traditions, the emirate boasts modern infrastructure and international hotels and resorts attracting visitors from all over the world.”

Over the past year or so, the SCTDA has organised a number of campaigns introducing Sharjah’s tourism product and services, including Know Your Destination, Sharjah Treasures and Sharjah’s Petrol and Natural Gas Resources for the benefit of representatives of the leading hotels and tourism operators.



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Modhesh World welcomes visitors to join the ‘Hag-e-Laila’ celebrations on July 5th

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Modhesh World welcomes visitors to join the ‘Hag-e-Laila’ celebrations on July 5th


269Modhesh World, one of the biggest indoor edutainment venues in the Middle East, is expecting to receive thousands of visitors as it commemorates ‘Hag-e-Laila’ on Thursday, 5th of July. A popular event, ‘Hag-e-Laila’ marks the 15th day of the Islamic month of Sha’ban and is celebrated to welcome Ramadan.

Families and children will definitely enjoy the cheerful atmosphere, colourful decors, and special activities launched at Modhesh World to mark the important occassion.

At the entrance of Hall 6, visitors will be greeted by the Harbeya, a traditional Arabic folk dance performed by a group of men. The highly entertaining dance performance will start from 4pm and will continue every hour until 11 in the evening.

Another exciting performance that is set to excite the crowd is the Liwa Traditional Band who will be roaming around Hall 3 to give everyone a chance to enjoy their dance show every hour from 4:30pm until 11:30 in the evening.

On the mini-stage at Hall 2, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po and Tinky Winky, the lovable characters from the popular children’s television series ‘Teletubbies,’ are set to excite thousands of children as they make their first appearance at Modhesh World. They are scheduled to perform daily, except on Monday, 9th until 14th July, with timings at 4pm, 5pm, 7.30pm and 9m.

Government officials from the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority as well as the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will also join in the celebrations as they give away traditional sweets, chocolates and candies to visitors on the day.

Various zones like the Lego area, Parent Zone, Arts and Crafts, Discovery Centre, and the Modhesh Salon have attractive offers and giveaways for everyone. The Heritage Zone will be organizing traditional games and competitions that will delight the visitors, where bags of goodies and free entry tickets will be given away to the winners.

Snacks like juice, ice cream and cakes will also be distributed throughout the venue.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and be part of all the festivities and exciting activities lined up to entertain families and children visiting Modhesh World to celebrate ‘Hag-e-Laila’.




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The Time Has Come! Stop Compromising on Your Hair Health and Join the Hair Pride Movement

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The Time Has Come! Stop Compromising on Your Hair Health and Join the Hair Pride Movement


2113Braun Hair Care appliances answers to the demands of 94%* of women in the region by launching The Hair Pride Movement – giving women all of the style without any damage

United Arab Emirates – Dubai, May 8, 2012: Braun launched the Hair Pride Movement, a revolution which is set to change how women style their hair in the region yesterday. Celebrity supporters, Arab singing sensation Yara, Braun’s celebrity hairstylist Sascha Breuer pledged their support to the movement at a glamorous evening along with 3 of the region’s most influential beauty ambassadors: Huda Kattan, popular regional beauty expert and blogger of Huda Beauty, Diala Makki, Dubai TV presenter of beauty talk show ‘Mashaheer’, and Aishwarya Ajit, host of Dubai One’s Studio One Show, who will champion the benefits of healthy styling with women in the region.

During the launch it was announced that Braun’s answer to achieving hair pride lies in its Satin Hair 7 range of hair styling tools, which are designed to deliver safe and healthy hair styling for use every day. The range is formulated with unique IONTEC technology which releases millions of active ions onto your hair to attract moisture particles from the air while styling, protecting the health of your hair and leaving it beautifully soft and shiny.

“Women are not willing to compromise on the health of their hair for style any longer, and they don’t need to either”, said Bushra Iqbal, Brand Manager for Braun in the Arabian Peninsula.

“Braun has the technology and intelligent product line such as the Stain Hair 7 Range with IONTEC technology which protects your hair from heat damage while you style, so women can enjoy all of the style and none of the damage”, added Bushra Iqbal.

Not only did guests at the event witness a revolutionary approach to hairstyling but also enjoyed a hair-show, by Sascha Breuer, Braun and Wella’s celebrity hairstylist. Sascha created a ‘Hair Pride Parade’ showcasing autumn/winter hair trends from styles, to textures to colors.

Sascha explained, “the trends this season flow in two directions: one is very extreme, ‘look at me’ trend & very high in maintenance, while the other trend is leaning to more hyper real tones and super glossy and healthy hair. Color overall has made a big comeback this season, and Wella with its Wella Koleston Colour Intense Foam collection does great justice to the trend.

However one element which is always in style and will never change is hair which exudes health, and vitality. And that is why with this movement we want women to change their approach to styling and adopt healthier hair rituals and products. I want to see women sporting beautiful styles with the Braun Satin Hair 7 range,” exclaimed Sascha

In a poll conducted through anaZahra.com’s Facebook page, the Middle East’s leading beauty website, Braun Hair Care asked women in the GCC to voice their hair care concerns when it came to styling their hair. A staggering 94% of the women who participated in the poll expressed the need for a solution which provided them with stylish hair without compromising its health. .

The Hair Pride Movement invites every woman to join the hair pride champions and rise against damage and have the freedom to style their hair everyday with Braun Satin Hair 7 range.

.*According to a poll conducted using a sample of 2,913 of anaZahra.com’s Facebook fanbase.


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RAK Properties to join Earth Hour 2012 celebrations in UAE

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RAK Properties to join Earth Hour 2012 celebrations in UAE


214Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 1st April 2012: RAK Properties PJSC, Ras Al Khaimah’s leading property developer listed on Abu Dhabi Securities Market, has successfully participated in the Earth Hour 2012 celebrations in the UAE that was held on Saturday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is a global event that gathers more than 131 countries worldwide to switch off lights, sending a powerful message for action on climate change.

Commenting on RAK Properties’ participation, His Excellency Mohamed Sultan Al Qadi, Managing Director and CEO of RAK Properties, said, “The Earth Hour day is one of the most popular global events that gathers millions of people around the globe in a common campaign to protect the environment through reduced consumption of energy. Our participation in these celebrations comes under the directive of H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and as continuation of our contribution to worthy initiatives. RAK Properties shares the global vision of protecting the environment.”

RAK Properties have participated in this event through its flagship projects: Mina Al Arab, Julfar Towers and RAK Tower. RAK Properties has urged all residents to switch off the lights in parallel with the other residential and governmental buildings in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah and the other emirates of the UAE.

This global event was originally held in Sydney as the world’s commitment to reduce global warming threat that is facing the planet and to combat the phenomenon of climate change.

The Earth Hour celebrations are held annually every last Saturday of March at 8:30 p.m. counting the different timings between one country and another.



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5 national Bank of Abu Dhabi female employees join Antarctica Expedition

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5 national Bank of Abu Dhabi female employees join Antarctica Expedition


2222The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the Number One Bank in the UAE, is sponsoring five Emirati women to join the final “2041 International Antarctica Expedition” which starts on 27th February and ends on 12th March 2012.

The five employees are Alia Al Khafajy, Anna Ayoub, Khadijah Al Mutawwa, Oshba Mubarak and Yasmin Al Juwadri. They will be led by world famous polar explorer and environmental leader Robert Swan.

“2041 International Antarctica Expedition” aims to highlight the effects of global warming and to ensure the continued protection of Antarctica from mining and exploitation beyond year 2041, when the current international agreement ends.

“NBAD is pleased to participate with a team of 5 UAE women in this expedition to empower and encourage Emirati women who are eager to participate in global civic activities as the nation’s ambassadors,” says Ehab Anis Hassan, the Group Chief Human Resources Officer of NBAD.

“Engaging UAE women in challenging experiences; giving them the opportunity to learn and develop their personal and leadership skills; and offering them a platform to have a positive impact on society is a key step to developing female leaders and is part of our commitment to supporting initiatives that contribute to the sustainable growth of the UAE,” Mr. Hassan said.

“I believe the Emirati women joining the 2041 International Antarctica Expedition will advance international cooperation and understanding, promote UAE’s culture, and highlight and serve as role models for environmental protection,” he added.

NBAD explorers were selected through a competitive application process. The 2041 International Antarctic Expedition brings together scores of adventure-seekers from around the world in a sea voyage to the ‘Frozen Continent’.

Throughout the expedition, participants will experience the wildlife of the frozen continent, live and breathe a sustainable lifestyle, and learn about the importance of preserving natural resources and the role of renewable energy in balancing the ecosystem. In addition to environmental knowledge and sustainable practices, the expedition is designed to develop personal and leadership skills.

To inspire and inform NBAD staff about the voyage to Antarctica and also to educate and promote sustainable behaviour, NBAD invited H.E Dr. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, Environmental Advisor to the Ajman Government, CEO of Al Ihsan Charity Centre and Chairman of Green Base Environmental Services,’ to educate NBAD explorers. Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi was one of the first UAE nationals to participate in the “2041 International Antarctica Expedition”.

“Females represent 37% of NBAD’s workforce and 51% of our branch managers in the UAE. Supporting and investing in women to become leaders and role models will help the Bank achieve its aspirations for growth and profitability in the long term,” says Belinda Scott, Senior Manager - Corporate Sustainability at NBAD

NBAD is committed to becoming a sustainable bank and fully aligns its strategy with the Abu Dhabi 2030 Vision to support the Emirates plan for a sustainable future. As a founding member of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Group, and a member of its General Secretariat, the Bank publishes an annual sustainability report - the first UAE bank in the UAE to do so.


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