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Ooredoo Signs Three Year Entertainment Contract with InterContinental Hotels Group Qatar

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Ooredoo Signs Three Year Entertainment Contract with InterContinental Hotels Group Qatar

w498Ooredoo hasannounced today a multi-year deal with InterContinental Hotels Group Qatar, which will see the company provide high speed FibreInternet throughout the group’sthree popular hotels in Doha, InterContinental Doha, InterContinental Doha The City and Crown Plaza Doha the Business Park.

The agreement also outlined Ooredoo’s role in distributing entertainment access to the hotels, with Mozaic TV to be installed in over 1,200 rooms throughout the three properties.

InterContinental Hotels Group and Ooredoo have planned separate packages for each hotel, based on the establishments target customers and style. Different hotel rooms will therefore carry different channels such as OSN, beIN SPORTS, MBC, Al Jazeera and more.

Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, Director Community & Public Relations, Ooredoo, said: “As Qatar prepares to host an increasing number of visitors for major events, we are dedicated to providing the best user experience to our guests. Whether through internet, entertainment or mobile phones, via personal use or a third party such as the InterContinental Hotels Group, we want the world to be connected to Qatar and Qatar to the world.”

Mr. Hussein Yaghmour, Director of Technology at InterContinentalDoha and Crowne Plaza Doha the Business Park commented: “We have built our reputation on the market with consistency, trust and innovation, and this partnership with Ooredoo has allowed us to continue our promise to our customers and provideworld class entertainment and internet access across our hotels in Qatar.”

Benefits for the hotels and customers include a more reliable and strong WiFi signal throughout the hotel, the choice of over 100 channels with Mozaic TV both in-room and in the hotels communal rooms, and the replacement of the traditional satellite reception systems which will provide enhanced picture quality.

Highlights for hotel businesses include theability to pay monthly, with the option to add more channels and packages as they become available. Ooredoo Fibre and Mozaic TV services also don’t require capital investment or equipment to be purchased, reducing operational overheadsas connection is carried out via Ooredoo’s installation team.

This innovative all-IP and Fiber based mass service illustrates how Ooredoo is pushing forward to be at the front of Qatar’s entertainment sector, and helping businesses supply customers with up to date content.

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A good year for Qatar: Construction industry’s business optimism at a three-year high

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A good year for Qatar: Construction industry’s business optimism at a three-year high

423Qatar construction industry’s business optimism in the second quarter of 2014 is at its highest for three years, according to a survey by a private index.

The BOI score of 54 for Q2 2014 was three points up from Q1 2014 and 13 points up from Q2 2013. Higher scores for selling prices, net profits and hiring drove the overall result for Q2 2014.

Dun and Bradstreet’s Business Optimism Index (BOI) also reveals finance, real estate and business service sector has recorded their second highest optimism score since the first quarter of 2011.

Sponsored by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC Authority) in partnership with the Qatar Businessmen Association (QBA), the survey also reveals the score for the finance, real estate and business services sector was 18 points higher in Q2 2014 than in Q2 2013.

The sector’s rise stems from the strong Qatari economy, higher demand for insurance for new construction and an increase in savings and investment by a growing population.

Within this sector, the outlook for finance and insurance firms was stronger than for real estate and business services firms on volumes, new orders and profits.

The index for the consolidated non-hydrocarbon sector was 47 points, which was up seven points year-on-year but showed a decline of two points from Q1 2014.

The decline was mainly due to seasonal factors, specifically the impact of the coming summer season on sectors such as Trade & Hospitality and related services, such as event management. (MORE)

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ROTA’s three-year Inspire project in Swat achieves a great success

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ROTA’s three-year Inspire project in Swat achieves a great success

4122Thousands of children are enjoying the benefits of Reach out to Asia’s three-year Infrastructure Support & Professional Improvement to Revitalize Education (INSPIRE) project that has brought hope of a better future in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan.

Working with CARE, ROTA has supported the INSPIRE Project which provides quality education for children and youth in 42 schools in Swat Valley, including increasing children’s leadership skills and social cohesion through extracurricular sports activities.

In the last few years, Pakistan has run into one humanitarian crisis after another: the 2005 earthquake in North West Frontier Province, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, internal displacement of populations in the aftermath of military operations in Swat and other tribal regions against the Taliban in 2009, and in 2010, intense floods that devastated the region.

ROTA reacted almost immediately to the situation in Swat valley by increasing access to educational facilities, improving the quality of education and providing psychosocial support. Together with partners, volunteers, and local communities, ROTA worked for three years to ensure that affected children and youth have continuous access to relevant and high-quality primary and secondary education.

Under the INSPIRE project, ROTA Inaugurated several schools to increase educational and community development work in the Swat Valley. In total, ROTA committed to reconstruct two Secondary Schools, rehabilitating 40 primary, middle and secondary schools, supplying educational materials to 42 schools, implementing a teacher training program for 280 teachers and operating youth development initiatives through sports.

“ROTA’s Inspire project has been very successful and we are proud to have provided educational facilities for the children of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. Children’s right to education must be a priority, especially in communities where education is key to the future”, said ROTA Executive Director Mr. Essa Al Mannai.

“ROTA understands that the students need a protective learning environment with psychosocial support to enable them to focus on their studies for the long-term benefit of the students and the community. Schools in Swat valley are a testament of ROTA’s strategy to provide access to education and to improve the quality of schooling for its beneficiaries,” added Al Mannai.

A key element of the Inspire project was to focus on increasing social cohesion through youth development using sports activities. For this, ROTA along with financial assistance of different international donors reconstructed few sports grounds that have been made partially functional. ROTA’s aim to restore the sport activities was done to bring back the youth, who were attracted by the insurgent’s propaganda, and resume educational and recreational activities for a better future.

Commenting on the impact the INSPIRE project has made in Swat Valley, Mr. Waleed Rauf, CARE Pakistan’s Country Director said, “ROTA’s INSPIRE project has played a vital role in helping communities rebuild and the people of Swat recover after the devastation and trauma brought on by recent flooding and militancy. The project has increased the local communities’ and government’s commitment to support girls’ education and realize that educating girls is critical to having prosperous and peaceful communities in the future.”

He added: “The joy and camaraderie fostered through the sports event supported by ROTA further helped the healing and return to normalcy for the people of the Swat valley. CARE is sincerely grateful for ROTA’s generous support towards the people of Pakistan and the Swat district of KP in particular.”

A total of 296 sports and recreational events (134 boys and 162 girls) were held in 42 schools. In 24 girls’ schools, sports and recreational events like cricket, sack race, badminton, athletics, drawing competitions, singing, and speeches were arranged.

“We have always advocated that sports have the potential for producing positive outcomes in educational and non educational settings for children and youth. Sport has also been shown to serve as a mechanism for the transmission of values, knowledge, and norms in creating social harmony,” added Al Mannai.

Furthermore, ROTA conducted district wide competitions to foster community interaction and social cohesion. In this, regular meetings of the district youth forum were held with District Sports Officer, the Football Association and project staff for planning and organizing the district-level football tournaments in Years 2 and 3 of the project.

Subsequently, ROTA hosted a mega event of district wide competitions for boys and girls. This included provision of equipment and uniforms for teams which encouraged team building. A district level football tournament for boys was arranged in Kabal Stadium, district Swat. The contest was jointly organized by the District Youth Forum INSPIRE project, District Sports Department Swat and the Football Association Swat. Eight teams from youth forums established under the INSPIRE project participated in the sports event while more than 4,000 people from Swat witnessed these matches.

“We are incredibly proud of the success achieved by our Inspire project. At Rota, we lead by example and inspire leadership through our activities. We take full responsibility for developing the youth leadership potential of our future generations,” concluded Al Mannai.

Together with its partners, ROTA has worked in providing high quality and relevant primary and secondary education, encouraging relationships among communities, creating safe learning environments, and restoring education in crisis-affected areas of Swat valley.

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United Arab Bank seals three year alliance

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United Arab Bank seals three year alliance

4102United Arab Bank (UAB), the fastest growing bank in the UAE, today announces its association with one of the world’s leading football clubs, FC Barcelona.

The landmark alliance confirms UAB as FC Barcelona’s ‘Official Partner in the UAE’ and places the bank as the first and exclusive financial partner of the football club in the UAE.

The partnership will continue for a period of 3 years ending July 2016.

UAB, the fastest growing retail bank in the UAE with record half-year profits of Dhs260m, representing a 35% increase over the same period in 2012, looks to tap into the nation’s immense passion for football and reach a large number of football followers. As official partner of FC Barcelona, the bank will create a range of customized Barca-themed products and offers to delight the host of Barca fans across the UAE.

To mark the partnership and kick start the launch of a week-long promotion organized by the bank at Mirdif City Centre, a press conference was held at the venue and attended by officials from UAB and FC Barcelona. United Arab Bank was represented by Paul Trowbridge - CEO, Tony Graham - Head of Retail Banking and Sheikh Mohammed Abdulla Al Nuaimi, Executive Vice President.

The club was represented by Javier Faus - Vice President, Economic and Strategic area and Manel Arroyo Pérez - Director, Economic and Strategic Area (Media and Sponsorship).

Commenting on the alliance, Paul Trowbridge, CEO, United Arab Bank, said, “We are excited to partner with FC Barcelona - a brand that shares the same values as ours and embodies the spirit of winning. United Arab Bank has had a very successful 2012 and 2013 and we have demonstrated our strength through our many achievements. The club’s selection reiterates our position as one of the major players in the banking sector in the region and also this partnership will help them fulfill their aspirations in the emirates.”

Trowbridge added, “We believe that FC Barcelona is the one club that we as a bank and our customers can relate to, making it the perfect fit for us. The club enjoys tremendous popularity amongst UAE football fans and so the alliance creates a great platform for us to incentivize our clients with a range of FC Barcelona privileges including hospitality match tickets, Barca-themed banking products, official merchandise and more. We will also be unveiling more exciting details in the days to come.”

Explaining FC Barcelona’s association with United Arab Bank, Javier Faus, Vice-President, Economic and Strategic area, FCB said, “We are extremely pleased with the agreement reached with United Arab Bank, making UAB FC Barcelona’s Official Bank in the UAE and our first financial partner outside of Spain and Andorra. We have chosen UAB for many reasons. These include its capacity for growth, being the fastest growing bank in the UAE, and the enthusiasm it puts into its projects. Our Club and our members share the same passion for football.”

The club’s Vice-President continued, “I would like to congratulate Mr Paul Trowbridge and his team for initiating these promotional activities and making such an important announcement at this shopping mall and for the wonderful reception we have received from Barca fans. FC Barcelona is famous for its unique style of football and also for being so ambitious and for standing up for the values and ideals that we believe in. We are sure we will share many successes with United Arab Bank over the next few years.”

United Arab Bank’s promotion at Mirdif City Centre is designed to attract many Barca fans to register on the dedicated website for the event. 14 winners will have the unique opportunity to watch FC Barcelona live at Camp Nou on 24th September. The bank also plans to roll out various FC-branded products and services, in addition to rewarding an additional 1000 customers with exclusive hospitality seats to watch FC Barcelona live in action over the next three years.

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Spider Access snares three-year maintenance contract with Index Tower

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Spider Access snares three-year maintenance contract with Index Tower

428Spider Access, the Gulf-based specialist building operator, has won a three-year contract to service Index Tower, Dubai’s award winning high-rise development. The agreement was awarded by the Owners’ Association Management provider, Gulf International Community Management (GCIM), which recognised Spider Access’s proven capabilities in meeting the challenges of tall tower maintenance.

“Spider Access is delighted to announce that it will be undertaking the building maintenance for Index Tower, with the new contract commencing mid-August,” said Mazen Harake Managing Director.

“Spider Access’s high level of experience in servicing modern high rise developments has allowed us to develop unique tailor-made cleaning strategies that have made us the leading tall buildings maintenance provider in the UAE,” he added.

At 328 metres tall, the 80-storey Index Tower located at Dubai International Finance Centre was one of the first high-rise developments in the region to be designed to work in synergy with its climatic surroundings. Its architectural features, which include concrete cores and shades to protect against the highly penetrating morning and evening sun, reduce the need for air conditioning within the building, thereby minimising energy waste and substantially reducing charges for tenants. The tower’s design won it the accolade of 2011 Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Index Tower’s height and environmental features pose specific maintenance challenges, which Spider Access will be addressing as a part of its customised service plan. The wind speed at the upper aspect of the building creates its own set of problems, whilst its ecological design necessitates the installing of anchor points in key positions. These points will allow for alternate access techniques that will ensure all areas can be effectively cleaned whilst disruption to the building operations is minimised.

“A tower of this magnitude requires different approaches to ensure safe and quality cleaning. These include direct rope access, Building Maintenance Units, cleaning cradles and scaffolding,” said Kevin Williams, Operations Director.

“The scope of our cleaning operations means that we will be utilising a total of four kilometres of ropes during the cleaning cycle. Each cycle lasts for approximately 30 days and requires a team of six staff to be working six days a week, eight hours per day,” he added.

Spider Access’s ability to meet high rise maintenance challenges - in particular their cleaning strategy that provides for a mix of access methods working in tandem - were highlighted by GCIM in their decision to award the organisation the contract for the iconic property.

“The awarding of a three-year agreement to Spider Access represents a decision by the unit owners of Index Tower to actively participate in the management of their building, following an open and transparent RFP process,” said Jennifer Blackwell-Spencer, GM of GCIM.

“Their extended experience and proven track record for towers of this magnitude played to their advantage for ultimately securing the contract, and we are confident moving forward,” she added.

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Zurich enters three-year partnership agreement to sponsor Christie’s Middle East Auctions

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Zurich enters three-year partnership agreement to sponsor Christie’s Middle East Auctions

220Zurich, one of the world’s insurance groups, announced that it will sponsor Christie’s sales in Dubai to support collectors of art in the Middle East. Under the three-year agreement, Zurich will sponsor Christie’s bi-annual auctions in Dubai, with Zurich clients also receiving a range of additional benefits to help them protect their valuable assets.

Christie’s sales in Dubai are held twice a year, with auctions of Modern & Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art in April and October. As part of the agreement, selected Zurich clients will be able to attend an exclusive presentation from Christie’s explaining how to buy and sell at auction, as well as attending a private preview of the pre-sale exhibition.

The alliance follows Zurich’s recent launch of bespoke insurance products created specifically for high net worth individuals, including a policy designed to cover art and valuables collections of this niche customer segment.

During its work with clients in the region, Zurich has observed that many underestimate the value of their collections. Accordingly, as part of the partnership with the auction house, Zurich clients will receive a 50% discount on Christie’s valuation service.

“Zurich shares Christie’s enthusiasm for fine art and collectables, and we are proud to help collectors across the region to protect their most valuable assets,” said Maroun Mourad, CEO of Zurich’s General Insurance business in the Middle East.

“Our three-year alliance with Christie’s is part of Zurich’s wider commitment to play an active role in the development of the art market in the Middle East.”

Michael Jeha, Managing Director of Christie’s Middle East, said: “Our Dubai auctions continue to act as a major catalyst in the development of the art market in the Middle East. Zurich has demonstrated a real understanding of the needs of collectors, and this partnership will further our efforts to grow the market here in the region.”

Zurich’s art and valuables insurance includes a number of impressive features, such as complimentary cataloguing by the company’s in-house experts and, taking market appreciation into account, coverage for up to 150% of the value of an artwork. Zurich clients also benefit from a range of additional services such as advice on storage and security arrangements, and provision of access to leading art valuation and restoration experts.

Jeremy Baggott, Head of Zurich Private Clients in the Middle East, said: “Zurich’s specialist team recognises that no two collectors in this region are the same. A common trait among many collectors, however, is a lack of awareness of the risks posed to their possessions by accidental damage. By working with organisations such as Christie’s, Zurich hopes to raise awareness among individuals to ensure their valuable assets are fully protected.”

Christie’s sale of Modern and Contemporary Arab, Iranian and Turkish Art will take place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, 2012.

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ESMOD Dubai sees huge fashion potential as more students show strong interest to enroll in three-year fashion course

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ESMOD Dubai sees huge fashion potential as more students show strong interest to enroll in three-year fashion course

ESMOD Dubai, the French fashion school in the region, has revealed that students in the region who are enrolling in ESMOD’s three-year fashion course are increasingly showing great potential. The fashion school further noted that the trend demonstrates that fashion is emerging as a popular career prospect among students in the Middle East.

“We are very happy to see that incoming students of our fashion courses are showing greater potential. ESMOD Dubai provides a unique avenue for students to study fashion and someday launch their own collection. With this trend, Dubai is certainly on track to produce a new breed of world-class and talented fashion designers. We are pleased to welcome new students in ESMOD Dubai’s three-year program, which will serve as a gateway for young talents to pursue exciting career prospects in the fashion world,” said Tamara Hostal, Director and Founder of ESMOD Dubai.

The fashion school has revealed that its three-year fashion course has attracted students from different countries across the region. ESMOD Dubai further stated that enrollment is still ongoing until September 25, 2011.

2168Meanwhile, aspiring designers young and old were inspired by the 20-plus themes presented by over 110 models to an audience of more than 1,000 during a public fashion show featuring works from ESMOD Dubai students last June. The graduation fashion show affirmed the huge success of the school’s three-year program, the latest term of which will commence in a few weeks’ time.  The program’s First Year teaches freshmen basic techniques and prepares them for higher-level design; the Second Year exposes sophomores to various products and collections and hones their creativity; while the Third Year guides juniors through their chosen specialization such as Ready to Wear, Haute Couture and New Couture, and helps them build their own personal collection.

“Dubai has the potential to be on par with the likes of Paris, New York and London as a leading fashion destination, and the emirate will certainly play a key role in establishing the UAE as the Middle East’s fashion hub. It is thus important to keep the spirit of fashion alive by constantly showcasing the creations of local talents and encouraging the youth to pursue fashion design as a profession. There is exceptional interest in the world of fashion nowadays and we hope to sustain this momentum through ESMOD Dubai’s fashion courses and the various fashion shows that we regularly organize, which we hope will help preserve the UAE’s unique position in the global fashion scene,” said Hostal.

ESMOD Dubai is the only French fashion institution fully dedicated to professional fashion training in the Middle East. It is the Dubai campus of ESMOD International, which was established in Paris in 1841 by the French tailor, inventor, and innovator Alexis Lavigne. ESMOD is recognized as the first institution to codify couture by inventing tools still being used by today’s designers, such as the bust mannequin and the soft metric ribbon.

“ESMOD Dubai is always proud to teach professional values and techniques in fashion. We believe that Dubai must have better international exposure, but we must achieve this in a professional way, which is critical towards achieving success,” concluded Hostal.

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