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Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel organized a Soccer Tournament to support UNICEF

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Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel organized a Soccer Tournament to support UNICEF


4145As part of its ongoing support to the community, Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel recently organized a soccer tournament to raise funds for UNICEF.

The charity soccer tournament, which witnessed the participation of a number of the 5-star hotels in Amman, that ended up in Landmark hotel winning the tournament cup was designed to show Sheratons Amman support for UNICEF projects and activities which is aimed at helping the underprivileged people of Somalia get access for clean water and sanitation.

“Taking part in the tournament enables us to support UNICEF’s development projects and helps us effectively contribute to the community as part of our corporate social responsibility programme,” Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel General Manager Mr. Enda Mullin said.

The event also provided an opportunity for further boosting team spirit among the hotel’s employees who took part in the event. And will pave the way for the coming fund raising activities that Sheraton Amman will organize with the support of its partners.


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Over 3,500 volunteers turn out to support Dubai Cares community campaign for Gaza

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Over 3,500 volunteers turn out to support Dubai Cares community campaign for Gaza


467A total of 3,593 volunteers converged at Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai on January 8 and 9, 2015 to help pack 50,000 school kits for the children of Gaza. The Dubai Cares community campaign aims to supply the children of Gaza with the school necessities required to continue their education following the seven-week bombing during summer 2014 in Palestine. The campaign was conceived to provide children currently studying in UNRWA schools in Gaza with school essentials as they return to regular classes with the start of the second half of the academic year as well as the New Year.

The Dubai Cares community campaign, which is part of the organization’s recently launched “Rebuild Palestine. Start with Education.” initiative, was planned to take place from January 8 to 11, 2015. With the help of the thousands of volunteers that joined during the first two days, Dubai Cares was able to finish packing all the 50,000 bags on Friday January 9, 2015.

Commenting on the success of the campaign, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares praised the UAE community for its strong support saying: “We are grateful to everyone who volunteered over the course of the campaign, from corporations and schools to individuals, the UAE community has turned out in full force to make sure education remains part of the developmental vision for Palestine. The completion of the campaign with the packing of 50,000 school kits in just two days is testament to everyone’s commitment towards helping the children of Gaza. The children of Gaza have consistently fallen victim to the endless rounds of violence that has overwhelmed the region over the years. By providing them with the key material needed for school, we are enabling them to rise above the current circumstances and take control of their futures.”

The contents of the kit, sourced by Dubai Cares in accordance with UNRWA guidelines, included a backpack, notebooks, sketch books, geometry kit, calculator, pencil case for stationery including pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, crayons, rulers etc.

Aisha Abdulla Al Muhairi, UAE National, one of the participants commented: “I have a passion for volunteer work and I did not have a lot of chances to participate before so I am very happy to join Dubai Cares in this campaign. I feel pride and joy that our government and community caters to humanitarian programs away and at home. After this experience, I encourage everyone to take part in volunteer work as this kind of work reflects our humanity.”

Tareq Khalid, Palestinian, another participant commented: “I thank Dubai Cares for giving me this opportunity to work together with many people from different nationalities and cultures towards one noble cause with one aim; to draw a smile on the faces of Palestinian children.”

Piper Mills, American said: “To see so many people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions, working together for a cause that doesn’t provide personal gain for any of us, is incredibly rewarding. It really helps to restore some faith in humanity in a time when so many people are so focused on hurting others.”

The campaign follows the Dubai Cares AED 11 million (USD 3 million) program, which was launched in October 2014 to support access to education and mitigate the psycho-social effects of armed conflict on the student population in Gaza. This is not the first Dubai Cares campaign aimed at facilitating the lives of children living in Gaza. In 2009, the organization conducted a similar community engagement campaign that provided 50,000 school kits and 50,000 hygiene kits to the children of Gaza.



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New Arabian earthquake model launches to support regional insurance expansion

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New Arabian earthquake model launches to support regional insurance expansion


4152Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team, launched a catastrophe model to estimate the financial impact of earthquakes in the Arabian Peninsula. Aon Benfield is the global reinsurance intermediary and capital advisor of Aon plc (NYSE:AON).

The demand for catastrophe modelling in the countries of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is increasing as a result of the region’s rapid economic growth. The new probabilistic earthquake model for the Arabian Peninsula addresses this market demand and can be used by insurers and reinsurers to gain a more accurate view of the seismic hazard for risk pricing and reinsurance purchasing.

The model covers Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. Key features include:

up-to-date understanding of the seismic risk in the region with the model incorporating state-of-the art research on the regional seismic risk published in leading academic forums

500,000+ stochastic events capturing the full range of potentially damaging events

understanding of the insured building stock of the region, drilling down to 24 different structural types, three building age and height categories, and detailed residential, commercial and industrial occupancies

ability to model buildings, contents and business interruption

incorporation of model uncertainty with regards to hazard, location and vulnerability in order to quantify the intrinsic variability behind the model.

Cristina Arango, seismologist and catastrophe model developer at Impact Forecasting, commented: “Our Arabian Peninsula model is built upon the latest scientific data gathered during recent earthquakes as well as research on regional seismic hazard. The model allows insurers and reinsurers to understand how their portfolio will stand up in events of varying severity, as they look to expand their business in the region. Earthquake is considered to be the number one peril in the region, however, countries such as Saudi Arabia have also experienced flood so this peril is also being investigated by the Impact Forecasting team.”

Ahmed Rajab, CEO of Aon Benfield in the Middle East, added: “The new model for the Arabian Peninsula will help insurers and reinsurers to quantify their exposure, making sure that they are adequately protected against this risk and preserving the capital that they have been entrusted with by their shareholders. Crucially, the new insight into the hazard will develop knowledge, open new opportunities and allow better designed insurance products for households, commercial and industrial buyers as well as for governments and reinsurer buyers. This is a clear statement of Aon’s contribution and long-term commitment to the region.




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Emirates announces new Vice President appointment to support Dubai Expo 2020 Vision and Beyond

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Emirates announces new Vice President appointment to support Dubai Expo 2020 Vision and Beyond


4109Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, has announced the appointment of a new role within the Commercial division. Reporting directly to Emirates Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Thierry Antinori, the newly created Vice President Commercial Product position will be fulfilled by Mohammad Al Hashimi, who has worked with Emirates since 2006.

Mr Antinori said this of the decision; “As Emirates, and Dubai, prepares for the World Expo 2020 and the economic and commercial impact it will have on the future of travel, it  is important to have a strong team in place to respond to all opportunities. With this in mind, we have created the position of Vice President Commercial Products Dubai, and are pleased to announce that Mohammad Al Hashimi has been appointed this vital role to support our strategy. His responsibilities will include the development of new and unique commercial products, working closely with Destinaton Dubai on inbound leisure and business travel, as well as promoting Dubai as a world-class MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing and Exhibitions) destination. We have every confidence that he will excel in this role.”

Al Hashimi joined the company soon after graduating from the American University in Dubai with a Bachelors in Information Technology, and has gained valuable experience and industry knowledge through his various positions within the company. His most recent role was within the Destination & Leisure Management division, where he was the Manager of Strategy for the Emirates Holidays and Arabian Adventures brands. During this time he was integral to the strategic development of the portfolio, both externally with strong relationships with government ministries and associations, and internally with the management teams.

In his previous position as Head of e-Business & New Business Development for dnata Travel Services, Mohammad played a key role in the acquisition of British OTA, Travel Republic which subsequently led to a position on the company’s Board of Directors and also that of Travel Counsellors. Other key responsibilities at dnata Travel included the execution of the operational and commercial set up of Travel Counsellors in the UAE.

As well as excelling in his roles within Emirates and dnata, Al Hashimi, an Emirati national, has also continued with his personal development and has completed an MBA in Aviation Management.




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ADIB 5th sharia workshop discusses initiatives to support the growth of Islamic finance industry

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ADIB 5th sharia workshop discusses initiatives to support the growth of Islamic finance industry


434Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) convened a high-level workshop in the United Arab Emirates last week to discuss the current status of the Islamic finance industry and how innovation can sustain its rapid growth.

The workshop, which was held under the patronage of the UAE Central Bank, brought together bank executives, representatives of international organisations and research centres as well as senior scholars to exchange views on the future growth of the industry.

The Islamic finance industry is growing rapidly, with global assets increasing by an estimated 16 percent last year to $1.6 billion last year. Speakers at the workshop suggested that better alignment of standards across the industry would allow Islamic banks to compete more effectively with conventional banks and take greater market share.

“Since the global crisis, there has been a clamour globally for a more ethical financial model, and Islamic banks can play a very positive role in leading this move,” said Tirad Al Mahmoud, Chief Executive Officer of ADIB.

“The industry therefore needs to focus on innovation to give customers the kind of high-quality products and ethical service they demand. This workshop is supporting this process, fostering greater cooperation among all the key stakeholders, including central bankers, commercial bankers and the scholars who guide our practices.”

During the workshop, Dr. Nasser Saidi, former chief economist at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), made a presentation that called for more uniform standards across the Islamic finance industry. He argued that this would enhance competitiveness by reducing transaction costs, facilitate the listing of Islamic bonds, and help develop an international market for Islamic finance products. Participating scholars also recommended forming a team of Islamic finance experts to evaluate and identify solutions to further improve the current Islamic financial landscape regionally and globally.

ADIB has been hosting these workshops for five years as part of its commitment to development of the Islamic finance industry. The workshops provide a forum for ADIB to work with scholars and business leaders to improve banking practices and make Islamic finance accessible and relevant globally.

ADIB is also supporting innovation and ethics in the banking industry by partnering with financial information provider Thomson Reuters to run the Ethical Finance and Innovation Challenge Awards (EFICA). Winners of the 2014 EFICA awards will be announced at the end of October.





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OSN revamps website to support multiplatform browsing

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OSN revamps website to support multiplatform browsing


475OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network, has revamped its website (osn.com) to provide visitors an enhanced experience and seamless access across multiple devices.

Featuring a new ‘responsive design’ that automatically optimises the website for any device, from smartphones to tablets, visitors can now surf, share and purchase an OSN subscription on-the-go anytime, anywhere at their convenience. OSN’s revamped website also boasts an enriched content offering, allowing visitors the ability to share pages via social media and personalise their experience.

According to analysis carried out by OSN, 21% of the total visitors to osn.com log on from mobile devices and tablets while new visitors to the site account for 47% of traffic. Users of Apple’s iOS operating system log on most frequently, followed by Android users.

Hamad Malik, Chief Marketing Officer, OSN, said: “Based on market and internet traffic analysis and feedback from our customers, OSN has made a significant investment to redesign our website and enhance the overall experience for our online visitors.

“Subscribing to OSN couldn’t be easier – with just a few clicks, you can subscribe to a variety of packages from the comfort of your home or even while you’re out and about from a mobile or tablet, securely.”

The website features easy-to-access menus and more indepth information on OSN’s premium content choices, schedules, subscription packages, as well as its value-added services such as OSN Play and OSN Privileges. Through the new attractive and engaging design, subscribers can also search their preferred OSN content, with dedicated country-specific information.

Visitors to the site can also upgrade their current subscriptions by selecting additional services to complement their television viewing experience. Help and support functions have been enhanced as well. To make the most of your browsing experience, log on to osn.com.



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Specialized Medical Center (SMC) and Siemens announce partnership to support the Kingdom Healthcare sector

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Specialized Medical Center (SMC) and Siemens announce partnership to support the Kingdom Healthcare sector


4171Siemens, the global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering operating in the fields of energy, infrastructure, industry and healthcare, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Specialized Medical Center in Riyadh. The collaboration focuses on education and training, with the goal of extending the skills and capabilities of healthcare professionals. Siemens is committed to clinical excellence based on state-of-art technology that permits faster diagnosis, earlier detection and treatment. In order to attain excellent clinical outcomes, care providers need to build a culture of excellence. Siemens is uniquely positioned to help and address the challenges of care providers. It has built one of the industry’s most extensive healthcare technology portfolios with the goal of making patient care more efficient and personalized.

The collaboration agreement was signed on Wednesday 4th of June 2014 at the Specialized Medical Center in Riyadh by Dr. Khaled Al Sebaiay, CEO of Specialized Medical Center and Mr. Masfer Alshardan, Key Account Manager at Siemens Healthcare Saudi Arabia in the presence of Dr. Firas Al Atassi, Director of Radiology Department at SMC and Dr. Abdullah Nanaa, Sales Director at Siemens Healthcare Saudi Arabia. SMC will perform presentations on Siemens cutting-edge technologies for its customers in Saudi Arabia.

“This agreement will raise the quality and productivity of healthcares services across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, said Arja Talakar, CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia. ”Aligned with our partner E.A. Juffali Brothers we are committed to support the sustainable healthcare development in the Kingdom by providing training and education programs”, he added.

As part of this agreement Siemens will equip SMC with top notch technology healthcare products and solutions, such as the Aera Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the Somatom AS 20 Computerized Tomography (CT) and ACUSON X 150 Ultra Sound systems. SMC will extend its reputation as a state-of-the-art facility that provides distinguished healthcare services to the citizens of Saudi Arabia.

Ernst Jankulik, Head of Siemens Healthcare Saudi Arabia, said: “This collaboration is set to support our mutual mission towards enhancing professional development and healthcare in the Kingdom. The new equipment from Siemens will be used in familiarizing healthcare teams with the latest imaging innovations being used in the country’s hospitals.”

Specialized Medical Center started its operations with 50 clinics, 50 Beds and 90 physicians along with its first specialty unit with a wide range of sub specialties. After several phases of development the in-patient unit expanded its capacity to more than 500 beds including high standard suites and single elegant rooms. The out-patient department expanded to 200 specialty clinics with more than 300 physicians mostly board certified from North America and Europe.



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SABIC to produce Technical Grade Urea in support of cleaner diesel technology

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SABIC to produce Technical Grade Urea in support of cleaner diesel technology


4107SABIC will introduce this year a specific grade of urea, Technical Grade Urea, that will allow diesel engines run more efficiently and reduce hazardous emissions. The new grade will be produced at SABIC’s manufacturing affiliate, Al-Jubail Fertilizer Company (Al-Bayroni) in Jubail, with a capacity of 80,000 tons per year.

SABIC’s Technical Grade Urea will enable cleaner diesel technology in engines through liquid injection of urea solution into the exhaust stream of the diesel engine prior to its catalytic converter. This allows the engine to perform better, to use fuel more efficiently while destroying the increased nitrogen oxides with urea.

Khaled Al-Mana, SABIC Executive Vice President, Fertilizers Strategic Business Unit, commented, “As a company with a strong commitment to a cleaner environment through sustainable products, SABIC has developed this strategic, innovative idea to produce high quality urea that helps reduce hazardous NOx emissions from diesel exhausts and industrial processes. The project is part of our sustainability strategy to share our expertise closely with our customers to develop products, applications and solutions that respond to their sustainability needs.”

TGU is pure urea that will be produced in pastilles using the energy-saving Rotoformer technology, which gives the product superior physical and mechanical properties. TCU applications include heavy duty trucks, power and cement plants, non-road machinery, and marine transport.




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Air Arabia chooses Turkish Technic Inc., a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, for its component and support services

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Air Arabia chooses Turkish Technic Inc., a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, for its component and support services


446Turkish Technic and Air Arabia have signed a component support contract. The signing ceremony, held in the General Management Building of Turkish Technic Inc., was attended by Air Arabia Group CEO Adel Abdulla Ali and Turkish Technic President and CEO (acting) Fazıl Çiftçi.

The contract comprises component supply and repair on ATA Chapter basis. Components will be supplied from Istanbul/Turkey and all repair and overhaul work of the components will be executed at the Turkish Technic sites in Istanbul/Turkey.

Adel Abdulla Ali, expressed Air Arabia’s trust in Turkish Technic’s quality of services and also expressed appreciation to have the support of the leading MRO in the region with its comprehensive services. The CEO added: “We are recognized for high quality services and on-time departures, and Turkish Technic component support services will be an ideal support to our technical operations.”

Turkish Technic President and CEO (acting) Fazıl Ciftci said: “We thank Air Arabia for choosing Turkish Technic for Component Support Services. This is one of the bold steps we have achieved in 2014 as we are broadening our component pool service area to the Middle East and also reaching a fleet size for more than 500 aircraft in the component pool market. Turkish Technic is currently supporting many airlines’ Airbus and Boeing fleets in the region and we are delighted with the steady growth of our component pool services.”

Turkish Technic former President and CEO Ismail Demir Ph.D., who has recently taken over an important duty for Turkey as Undersecretary of Defense Industry, expressed his delight at the agreement and long term partnership established, to which he has contributed from day one. He said: “We are glad to welcome Air Arabia to be a valuable user of Turkish Technic component services. Since Turkish Technic’s inception, our primary mission has always been to be the leading service provider of the world and in this regard we showed a marked improvement with every passing year. This partnership is one of the most important awards that given to our commitment in establishing trust among airlines.”

Air Arabia is the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest Low Cost Carrier (LCC). Air Arabia PJSC is the first publicly listed airline in the region providing the carrier an independent path to growth and profitability. Air Arabia group of airlines operates from four main hubs in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaima in the UAE; Casablanca in Morocco; and Alexandria in Egypt; providing ultimate experience of flying with affordable rates. Air Arabia (IATA: G9, ICAO: ABY), operates from Sharjah International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (UAE) with a fleet comprising 39 Airbus A320. Air Arabia provides scheduled domestic flights as well as international ones over 88 destinations spread across the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and Europe.

Turkish Technic (IATP: TKT), an association of Turkish Airlines group companies (Istanbul Stock Exchange: THYAO), is the leading maintenance center in its region, providing technical services for Airframe, Engine, APU and components for a wide range of Airlines from Europe, Middle East, Asia, CIS and Northern Africa at its bases in Istanbul, with a highly qualified and well-trained workforce over 5000 personnel together with Turkish HABOM Inc.; a Turkish Airlines group MRO company.


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GE Healthcare unveils ‘CarePlan,’ a tailor-made suite of support services

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GE Healthcare unveils ‘CarePlan,’ a tailor-made suite of support services


4212Building on the Saudi Ministry of Health’s mandate to strengthen the Kingdom’s healthcare infrastructure, GE Healthcare (NYSE: GE) has unveiled a bespoke suite of support services, ‘CarePlan,’ to meet the entire spectrum of Saudi healthcare providers’ needs.

Tailored specifically for the Kingdom, Careplan enables healthcare providers to achieve enhanced clinical outcomes, improved efficiency, and patient safety, through a broad range of innovative services that go beyond the traditional labor and parts support into a full range of services spanning education, digital support services, asset management, options and upgrades.

Mazen Dalati, President & CEO for GE Healthcare in Saudi Arabia, said: “For the last two decades, GE has been working to understand the needs of Saudi healthcare providers and striving to offer a complete portfolio of outcome-based solutions including world-class services. Given the investments being made by the Ministry and other critical public and private healthcare providers in hi-tech medical equipment, timely and quality service support for the duration of the product lifecycle is essential to asset optimization, providing optimal product performance and supporting improved user and patient safety. Therefore, bringing GE Healthcare’s advanced servicing capabilities form an essential part of our overall commitment to Saudi Arabia. Careplan adds to the growing suite of services to meet the evolving needs of our partners.”

The services will be available in three tiers: ‘CarePlan Essential,’ ‘CarePlan Swift,’ and ‘CarePlan Absolute.’ Through ‘CarePlan Essential,’ GE Healthcare enables providers to customize their service contracts with the optimum mix to fit their budgets, while upholding the highest standards of quality care. ‘CarePlan Swift’ maximizes returns on investment and productivity through increased uptime by swift intervention. ‘CarePlan Absolute’ enables providers to maximize their operational efficiencies through high performance, spearheaded by privileged personalized support, training, and upgrades.

All ‘CarePlan’ customers can take advantage of the repair centers and warehouses strategically located in Jeddah and Riyadh, in addition to having access to a dedicated toll-free hotline and fully-trained call center agents with a 10-second response time, ensuring that customers receive personalized service.

With over 25 years of operations in Saudi Arabia, today, over 20,000 GE Healthcare technologies are deployed across the Kingdom’s hospitals. With more than a 100 field and remote engineers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, who undergo over 100 hours of training per year, GE Healthcare ensures the highest quality of service delivery to its customers across the Kingdom.

As one of the leading healthcare systems in the Middle East, GE supports the operational needs of the Ministry with technology and service offerings in hospital operations management and asset optimization supporting hospitals in making investment and resource decisions. GE Healthcare also supports as a key partner in strengthening operational efficiencies at hospitals and medical centers in the Holy City of Mecca during the Hajj pilgrimage.

With a commitment to localization and human capital development for the healthcare sector, GE Healthcare and King Fahad Medical City launched the ‘Healthcare Skills Training Institute’ within KFMC, as part of GE’s US$1 billion investment commitment in the Kingdom. More than 5,000 healthcare professionals have benefited from GE’s technical, clinical and healthcare management courses in the Kingdom since 2011.

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