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Audi driver Ekström shines with recovery

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Audi driver Ekström shines with recovery


4121With one of his typical recoveries Mattias Ekström clinched a podium result for Audi at Moscow Raceway in front of 50,000 spectators (throughout the weekend) and captured second place in the DTM drivers’ standings.

Two weeks following his strong showing at the Norisring and a week after clinching his first victory in the World Rallycross Championship, Mattias Ekström, in the DTM’s round in Russia, again hit the headlines. In the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, the Swede advanced from position eleven on the grid to third place, reducing the gap to overall leader Marco Wittmann to 20 points in the process. After the race at Moscow, Audi continues to lead the DTM manufacturers’ standings with a score of 223 points.

Following a qualifying session that was less than perfect for him, Ekström immediately made up four positions on lap one. On lap eleven, the time sheets reflected the Swede running in fourth place and three laps before the end of the race, he managed to snatch third place from ex-Formula One driver Timo Glock.

“Sundays seem to be my days quite often. This was another one of them – with plenty of tough fights,” said Mattias Ekström. “I had to keep my cool all the way to the end. Finishing this race in third place is okay, these are good points. However, I’m beginning to feel the loss of holding the ‘big’ trophy.”

Youngster Nico Müller in the Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg in fifth place scored the first points in his still young DTM career. The 22-year-old Swiss was initially running in third place but due to a gradual loss of grip on the front axle had to pit for a tire change earlier than scheduled. After temporarily dropping to 22nd place, the youngster managed to improve to position five and, like Ekström, overtook Timo Glock shortly before the finish.

Edoardo Mortara in the Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM in ninth place clinched two fiercely contested points after having dropped to the rear of the field following a collision with Jamie Green on the starting lap. On the final laps, the Italian on standard tires successfully defended himself against the massive attacks by Augusto Farfus and António Felix da Costa, who, like Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM) behind them, were running on the much faster option tires.

Molina, in the final stage, was the only Audi driver on option tires – which proved a disadvantage this time because he was only able to pit late on account of two safety car periods, which reduced his ability to run on the faster tires to eleven laps. The best race lap was only cold comfort for the Spaniard.

Audi Sport Team Phoenix experienced a day of huge misfortune. Timo Scheider, after 22 laps, had to park his AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM with an electronic defect on the start-finish straight. The resulting safety car period indirectly sealed the fate of his team-mate Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM). When the race was re- started, the title defender and last year’s winner, with locked wheels, slipped into the rear end of the car of his brand colleague Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), who was directly in front of him, in an unfortunate incident that ended the race for both of them. Both drivers were running on different strategies and up to the time of the collision, in positions three and four, had good chances of finishing on podium.

For Jamie Green, the race in Russia was over early as well. In a collision with Edoardo Mortara on the starting lap, the right rear suspension of his Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM was damaged, forcing the Briton to retire after six laps.

“The race, no doubt, didn’t go according to our expectations because we were set on repeating last year’s victory here. But we made too many mistakes,” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport, summing up the event. “Mike (Rockenfeller) was very fast on standard tires and would have had good chances. Unfortunately, he made a mistake following the safety car period, which is a very rare occurrence with him. In the end, Mattias Ekström pulled our chestnuts out of the fire with a brilliant recovery from grid position eleven to third place. Congratulations also to Nico Müller on scoring his first points in the DTM.”





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DUBAL selects eHosting DataFort for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Management

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DUBAL selects eHosting DataFort for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Management


4223eHosting DataFort (eHDF), the region’s leading managed hosting and cloud infrastructure services provider and member of TECOM Investments, has been chosen by Dubai Aluminium PJSC (DUBAL), which operates one of the largest single-site aluminium smelters in the world, to host its offsite Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) service as a fall back option in the event of downtime or disruption.

DUBAL (an operating subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium or EGA) has a production capacity of more than one million tonnes per annum and serves over 325 customers in at least 60 countries worldwide. The organisation has huge ICT requirements, which are met by its in-house IT experts who manage a large IT infrastructure including an in-house data centre.

Given its massive operational requirements, maintaining business functionality during any potential crisis scenario is critical for DUBAL. The implications that any disruption could have on its long-term business growth prompted DUBAL to consider an off-site BCM and disaster recovery service. The company identified Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and email as the most critical applications for which a disaster recovery site at a third party data centre was imperative.

eHDF is providing DUBAL a disaster recovery site at its data centre along with managed services such as managed security services, network infrastructure and management services, monitoring services and systems management services.

DUBAL’s ISO20000 compliant data centres required the security and services of a certified managed services company. eHDF adheres to international standards and best practices, and has been awarded several ISO certifications.

Disaster recovery and BCM services are high on every Chief Information Officer’s IT planning list. According to a recent BCM survey conducted by eHDF in collaboration with Continuity and Resilience, the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and DNV GL Business Assurance, 22% of the respondents invest between US$250,000 to US$1 million every year to implement and sustain their BCM program.

Ahmad M Almulla, Senior Vice President, Information Technology said: “We are pleased to work with eHDF, who implemented a comprehensive disaster recovery and BCM solution as per our specifications, thus demonstrating a strong understanding of DUBAL’s requirements. Both the DUBAL and eHDF teams worked together seamlessly to achieve the defined objectives and even conducted live tests of the system to ensure everything is in place. eHDF’s technical competency has ensured smooth delivery of the solution.”

Yasser Zeineldin, CEO of eHosting DataFort, said: “We appreciate the trust that DUBAL has placed in us. As an experienced service provider for BCM and disaster recovery services, we have seen a significant demand for disaster recovery services over the last few years. It is imperative for organisations to have a backup plan in place to cope with any incidents that can impact their bottom line.”

With world-class data centres, resilient and scalable infrastructure and round-the-clock managed operations, eHosting DataFort has established itself as a market leader in the field of managed hosting, Disaster Recovery and cloud infrastructure services. For more information, please visit www.ehdf.com.




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CommVault accelerates and simplifies application recovery with integration for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000, and Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System

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CommVault accelerates and simplifies application recovery with integration for Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000, and Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System


425CommVault today announced immediate support for Hitachi Data Systems Virtual Storage Platform G1000 (VSP G1000) and Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS). Customers can use Hitachi Data Protection Suite with CommVault Simpana IntelliSnap technology to manage array-based snapshots and accelerate recovery for applications, file systems and Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere environments. This development, the industry’s first application-consistent hardware snapshot support for the Hitachi VSP G1000, enables storage customers to more easily adopt modern data recovery techniques that reduce cost, risk and complexity.

As data sets grow in size and business value, hardware snapshot integration plays an increasingly important role in delivering instant application protection and recovery. Together, CommVault and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) provide enterprises of all sizes with a single view of their data environment, allowing users to easily virtualize and manage disparate silos of storage and data. Global systems integrators are able to simplify design and speed implementation of their complete HDS solution for customers, with backup and recovery software powered by CommVault.

“Building on our decade of engineering experience with Hitachi Data Systems, CommVault supports the new Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 hardware and Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System software platform from day one to automate snapshot management and application-aware recovery,” said Brian Brockway, vice president of worldwide product management, CommVault. “CommVault is committed to offering our joint customers holistic solutions that minimize business disruptions.”

“The deep collaboration between Hitachi Data Systems and CommVault enables enterprises to simplify data recovery and simplify complex environments, as our customers move to a continuous cloud infrastructure,” said Tim Durant, senior director of global ISV alliances and data protection at Hitachi Data Systems. “Having CommVault support across our Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000, Virtual Storage Platform, and Unified Storage VM means HDS and CommVault can help customers quickly realize value from the storage investments they’re making to modernize the data center and become more business-defined.”

Instant Backup and Recovery for Hitachi Enterprise Storage

Next-generation Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform systems and Unified Storage VM systems work with Hitachi Data Protection Suite, powered by CommVault, to deliver backup, archive, recovery, eDiscovery and search capabilities in a single solution, reducing the complexity of managing multiple products. Additionally, Simpana IntelliSnap technology provides an automated approach to protecting data within the array and speeding recovery for applications, file systems and hypervisor platforms to increase application uptime in heterogeneous environments.

With deep Simpana software integration, VSP G1000 customers can simplify management to provision and manage Hitachi Thin Image snapshots and ShadowImage volume copies at the speed of the storage platform and without the need for scripting. They can also automate management of Hitachi Open Remote Copy Manager (HORCM) tasks and replication pair management to reduce deployment time, maximize storage recovery options and minimize downtime.

Availability

Hitachi Data Protection Suite, powered by CommVault, for Hitachi VSP G1000 is available immediately from Hitachi Data Systems and a joint network of global resellers, systems integrators and solutions providers.  Customers that want to quickly deploy modern data protection integrated with HDS systems can purchase a standalone licensing option for snapshot management today.



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Egyptian wood working sector upbeat that move towards economic recovery ushering in more opportunities

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Egyptian wood working sector upbeat that move towards economic recovery ushering in more opportunities


First ever ‘Cairo WoodShow’ to showcase stability of Egypt’s wood and wood working machinery segment  

October 3, 2011

264The Egyptian wood working sector, which was affected by the political turmoil that occurred earlier this year, is now confident that the country’s move towards economic recovery will help usher in more opportunities, according to Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions (SME), one of the leading exhibition and conference organizers in the United Arab Emirates. The Egyptian government has implemented key programs and initiatives aimed at positioning the country as an attractive investment destination in the next five years. Eyeing to render strong support to these government sponsored initiatives, SME will be organizing the first ever ‘Cairo International Wood & Wood Machinery Show’ (Cairo WoodShow), which will be held from October 9 to October 12, 2011 at the Cairo International Convention Centre (CICC).

The country has maintained its leading position in the Middle East and African (MEA) region’s wood market, which is expected to post over USD 5 billion in the domestic wood production segment by the end of this year. Likewise, Egypt was also able to key in more than USD 3 billion in furniture production and USD 1 billion in furniture exports already this year. The vibrancy demonstrated in these segments, particularly in furniture and wood products, has also shown that the country has been importing 100 per cent of wood panels, machines and tools. To date, Egypt has been dubbed as one of the most promising markets in construction for the MEA region with a yearly spend of USD 7.3 billion. Aiming to spark in more growth for the country’s wood sector, ‘Cairo WoodShow’ is being presented as a key venue to showcase the stability of Egypt’s wood and wood working machinery segment and bring in more growth by acting as a strategic trading platform for Egypt and nearby countries.

“The political unrest that happened earlier this year has managed to affect a lot of workers across various industries. One particular example are workers from the wood working sector, who have found themselves displaced by the protests,” said Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO, Strategic Marketing and Exhibitions. “However, the country’s efforts to regain economic foothold has given these workers the confidence of seeing more opportunities in the next few months. ‘Cairo WoodShow’ is aimed at helping the government showcase the stability of the wood market and thereby attract more opportunities into the country.”

The event will feature exhibitors coming from countries like Romania, Italy, USA, China and Germany. One of the highlights for the exciting four-day event will be the ‘Auction on Fire’ activity, which is an exciting two-hour daily auction of the latest wood products and wood working machinery that will be held at the CICC’s ‘Auction Zone.’ The first day of ‘Cairo WoodShow’ will be exclusively for VIP business personalities coming from 60 countries featuring high profile representatives from the wood business looking for importing and negotiating potential opportunities. The next three days are open to all specialized visitors.

“We are overwhelmed with the positive response that we have received for ‘Cairo WoodShow.’ So far, we have already received a lot of confirmations from companies and organizations participating in Egypt’s first of its kind wood and wood machinery exhibition. We remain upbeat that ‘Cairo WoodShow’ will help spark new opportunities between exhibitors and potential partners, which can ultimately drive in more growth and development for the country,” concluded Al Shezawi.




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2010: The year of recovery for UAE tourism industry

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2010: The year of recovery for UAE tourism industry


284New research from Visa, one of the world’s leading payment solutions providers, has signaled an impressive return to form across the breadth of the UAE tourism industry, with evidence of a 3% year on year increase in arrivals to the Emirates in 2010 and over $3bn spent compared to 2009.

Visa’s ‘Tourism Outlook: UAE’ report, based on tourism receipts from across the UAE in 2009 and 2010, provides a valuable insight into the spending habits of international visitors on their Visa debit and credit cards. In addition to highlighting positive growth, the data also shows that as payment card acceptance continues to grow in the UAE, so too does the level of spending, with international Visa cardholders spending a massive $3.1bn in a total of 12.8 million transactions in 2010 - a 20.3 and 21.7% increase respectively on the previous year.

Of the total spend on Visa cards by international visitors, $1.9bn came from just 10 markets, with the British being the top spenders by far, contributing over $441.2m towards the UAE economy on their Visa cards - almost 10% more than in the previous year. They are followed by American and Russian visitors ($302.9 and $238.1m respectively).

The green shoots of revival come after Dubai reaffirmed its position as a global transportation hub in 2010, with the opening of the world’s largest airport, Al Maktoum Airport. Meanwhile, across the Emirate, Dubai International Airport saw a massive 46.3 million passengers pass through its terminals last year (+15.5% from 2009), resulting in it ranking fourth globally, according to Airports Council International.

Visa’s data shows just how much the swell in visitor numbers has positively impacted on tourism, especially during November and December, when the temperate climate and end of year holidays make it the most popular time to travel to the UAE. In fact, the last two months of the year account for over a fifth of the total annual international spend on Visa cards (21.8%).

Merchants across the UAE are enjoying a much welcome boost, with department stores in particular reaping the benefits of increased international spending. They enjoyed an impressive 48.8 per cent increase in tourism receipts, thanks in a large part to travelers from Saudi Arabia, Russia and the UK.

Kamran Siddiqi, General Manager, Visa Middle East, said, “As one of the world’s largest retail electronic payments networks, Visa supports the tourism industry by providing payment systems which are trusted across the globe, helping to drive growth in international spend by giving visitors reassurance and confidence to use their cards whilst in the UAE. As a result, Visa is uniquely placed to provide a valuable insight into where and how visitors are spending their money when they visit the UAE. We’re seeing a really positive sign that things are on the up and, with the country expected to see some of the world’s strongest inbound tourism growth over the next five years , the travel and tourism industry is set to enjoy a further cash boost from international visitors.”

In addition to supporting international cardholders when visiting the UAE, Visa also offers a wide range of rewards and benefits to its debit and credit cardholders here in the UAE. This summer, Visa has teamed up with some of the UAE’s biggest names, including Jumeirah, Emirates and Emaar to offer a wide range of exclusive privileges including discounts on flights, hotels and hospitality.

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New figures show Commercial Vehicles industry on road to recovery in GCC

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New figures show Commercial Vehicles industry on road to recovery in GCC


UAE leads way with 54% sales leap for first half of 2010; in countdown to Commercial Vehicles Middle East research shows 37% regional surge

Tom Nauwelaerts

Tom Nauwelaerts

Dubai, UAE, 7th March: New figures showing the commercial vehicles industry in the UAE and the rest of the GCC countries is well on the road to recovery have been released in the countdown to the trade’s big regional showcase event in Dubai next week.

Commercial vehicles sales in each of the GCC countries for the first half of 2010 showed significant increases on the same period in 2009, with total sales in the region leaping by

37.97 per cent to 253,790. This includes trucks, busses, vans, pick-ups and utility vehicles.

The UAE leads the way after sales of 53,683 units, a 54 per cent rise. In Kuwait, 12,333 units were sold between January and June 2010, an increase of 49 per cent from the same period in 2009, with Oman experiencing a 41 per cent leap in sales to 28,079 units.

Bahrain recorded a 38 per cent increase with 6,758 sales for the period, while sales of 107,926 in Saudi Arabia and 13,781 in Qatar represented rises of 29 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

The figures were released by global motor trade data specialists, Auto Strategies International, ahead of Commercial Vehicles Middle East, taking place from 14-16 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre

While regional commercial vehicles sales still lag behind pre-recession levels, which reached 722,619 in 2008, the new figures reflect a fresh mood of optimism in the industry, as highlighted by a strong presence of major industry players in the exhibition line-up for Dubai.

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Tom Nauwelaerts, General Manager of Al Futtaim Logistics said: “The commercial vehicles market will continue to recover in the GCC and we should see growth over the next few years as a result of developments in the region. However this growth is not anticipated to be at the levels previously enjoyed for a while yet”.

Nauwelaerts, a speaker at the Commercial Vehicles Conference running alongside the exhibition, added: “Now we are witnessing an upward trend in freight movement and consumer activity. This is a positive sign for market recovery and hopefully a sustainable future direction”.

Another conference speaker, Alex Borg, Regional Coordinator for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International, said: “The market is recovering slowly but surely. We may need three or four years to reach the heights of 2008 pre-recession. The local and international market is still fragile, but should recover fully in time”.

Commercial Vehicles Middle East (www.commvehicles.com) covers all types of heavy and light commercial vehicles, special vehicles, vehicle attachments, accessories, maintenance and repair services. The event was launched last year to position the UAE as a regional focal point for the commercial vehicles industry in the region.

Culminating on the final day with two workshops, the Commercial Vehicles Conference will spotlight modernisation, optimisation, and future plans for the effective fleet management of heavy and light commercial vehicles.

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SALES IN GCC

 

2008

2009

Jan-Jun 2009

Jul-Dec 2009

Jan-Jun 2010

Bahrain

24395

11189

4251

6938

6758

Kuwait

68858

33642

12333

21309

24113

Oman

112423

70417

28079

42338

47529

Qatar

51645

20348

10530

9818

13781

Saudi Arabia

270274

172492

77175

95317

107926

UAE

195024

61375

25038

36337

53683

Totals

722619

369463

157406

212057

253790

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The big hand is on recovery for makers of Swiss watches

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The big hand is on recovery for makers of Swiss watches


The watch took a licking … but it kept on ticking.

news66Now UAE consumers are snapping up Swiss watches again, and imports are up 24 per cent in the first six months of the year compared with the first half of last year.

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said imports in the Emirates rose to 278.4 million Swiss francs (Dh966.4m), a major turnaround from the 35 per cent drop in imports for the whole of last year from 2008.

“People have really held back their purchases for quite some time in 2009 but now they are gaining confidence and going back to normal,” said Naved Shaikh, the divisional head of watches for Al Sayegh Brothers, whose stock includes the Swiss brand Seculus.

“I wouldn’t say it is back to what it was but people are starting to have faith in the market.”

Although they have rebounded, Swiss watch imports in the first half are still 18 per cent below the first six months of 2008, at 340.1m francs.

But the Emirates remained in the top 10 markets for the timepieces, in ninth place just ahead of the UK.

And it outpaced the global trend, which saw exports from Switzerland rise by 19.7 per cent to 7.3 billion francs in the first six months of the year. Last year, global exports fell 22.4 per cent. “The recovery in watch exports is very evident,” the federation said in on its website.

“While it is the product of a particularly low base of comparison and fails to compensate for the decline in 2009, it does indicate, however, that the crisis is over, with forecasts for the year 2010 pointing to significant growth.”

The top market for Swiss watches was Hong Kong, with imports worth 1.4bn francs, followed by the US and France, with imports of 757.7 million francs and 504.3m francs, respectively, last year.

Sales at Al Sayegh Brothers dropped last year by between 20 and 22 per cent compared with 2008, a record year for most UAE retailers, said Mr Shaikh.

But now, based on the first half, the company is optimistic and is aiming to double the watch sales levels of last year.

It would take some time before sales surpassed those of 2008 but the impulse buying behaviour that helped drive watch sales in past years is starting to return, Mr Shaikh said.

“That was not happening in 2009, when the crisis was on,” he said. “But now, people are becoming relaxed on that front.

“The spontaneous buying is not back up to that 30 per cent but it has really moved from zero to 15 per cent. That is really encouraging for us.”


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