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The power of German engineering unveils new technologies at Jeddah Motor Show 2014

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The power of German engineering unveils new technologies at Jeddah Motor Show 2014


483Volkswagen Saudi Arabia participates in Jeddah Motor Show, at Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Centre. During the event, which runs for 5 days starting from Monday, December 15, participating automotives dealers, both local and international will display their latest new models sedan, Sports and 4X4 vehicles.

As major participant in the Show, Volkswagen Saudi Arabia displaying its unique lineup of cars, which combine innovative technologies, individuality of driving experience, durability and high reliability. The collection of vehicles include many models, most notably the family car Passat, and the sports and family car model CC. They will also be showcasing the Tiguan, and the legendary car Golf GTI, along with the world’s iconic car the all new Beetle. As well as the new facelift designs of both Touareg and Jetta will be launched.

During the show, VW Saudi Arabia will unveil, the new Golf R car, which is equipped with 2.0 liter TSI engine that produces 280 hp, and linked with a 6-speed transmission model DSG for dynamically unparalleled performance, thanks to the new sports suspension and steering system that adds improved performance and agility to the excitement and fun of driving expected from the Golf R model.

with the verity of displayed cars Volkswagen underlines its leadership of the automotive world and demonstrates its position as the world’s largest company in terms of expenditures on research and development of its products that have become a symbol for innovation, high quality, reliability, accuracy and efficiency.




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Mohamad Yousuf Naghi Motors unveils new BMW X6

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Mohamad Yousuf Naghi Motors unveils new BMW X6


416Aimed at catering to the discerning clientele in Saudi Arabia, Mohamad Yousuf Naghi Motors, the official BMW Group importer in Saudi Arabia, has unveiled the all-new BMW X6. The second generation of the Sports Activity Coupé, which has already posted global sales of almost 250,000 units, enjoys a special status among BMW X model rivals thanks to its irresistible allure, intoxicating performance and innovative luxury.

The extrovert design of the new BMW X6 blends the robustness and versatility of a BMW X model with the sporting elegance typical of the brand’s coupés. The interior combines generous space with model-specific sports features and a luxurious ambience, while attractive design and equipment packages further highlight the exclusive style of the new BMW X6.

Commenting on the arrival of the new vehicle, Stavros Paraskevaides, Managing Director of Mohammed Yousuf Naghi Motors, said: “The all-new BMW X6 represents the pinnacle in motoring in the Sports Activity Coupé segment. With the previous generations enjoying tremendous success in Saudi Arabia, we are confident that the latest version will help us to further bolster BMW’s position in the Kingdom.”

Striking design

The Design Pure Extravagance equipment package adds striking, high-quality accents to both the interior and the exterior. Meanwhile The M Sport package includes specially selected features that enhance the vehicle’s dynamic character for an immediately eye-catching effect. Also available from launch are model-specific features from BMW Individual.

Additionally the new BMW X6 comes with a suitably exclusive roster of standard equipment, which goes beyond that of the previous model: bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch light-alloy wheels, automatic tailgate operation and the 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission with steering wheel shift paddles are all included, as are leather trim, two-zone climate control and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. Lending functionality an extra boost are the 40: 20: 40 split/folding rear seat backrests, which allow load compartment capacity to expand from 580 litres to as much as 1,525 litres (75 litres more than the predecessor model.)

More power

The line-up of engines available in the Middle East from December will include the latest-generation V8 developing 450 hp for the BMW X6 xDrive50i with the BMW X6 xDrive35i 306 hp set to join the range in Q1 2015.

Ensuring that the noticeably increased performance of the new BMW X6 is accompanied by an up to 22 percent reduction in average fuel consumption are BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the standard-fitted eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission, extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology, weight-saving optimisations and enhanced aerodynamics.

The standard – and permanently active – intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive optimises traction, directional stability and cornering dynamics, as the situation requires. For improved dynamics, xDrive can optionally link up with adaptive suspension packages, including Dynamic Performance Control.

Increased performance

For increased performance, Dynamic Performance Control is offered together with Dynamic Drive active roll stabilisation as part of the Dynamic adaptive suspension package to deliver a targeted improvement in the car’s sporty handling attributes. Further enhanced ride comfort can be achieved thanks to air suspension at the rear axle and Dynamic Damper Control, which are included in both the Comfort adaptive suspension package and Adaptive M suspension (part of the M Sport package), which also offers bespoke, sports-oriented suspension tuning. The Professional adaptive suspension package, meanwhile, combines the features of Comfort and Dynamic.

Totally connected

Adaptive LED headlights, Comfort Access (including hands-free tailgate opening and closing) and other high-class options underline the innovative character of the new BMW X6. Driving pleasure and long-distance comfort, meanwhile, can be further enhanced by features including the Navigation System Professional with Touch Controller, Bang & Olufsen high-end surround-sound system and new Rear Entertainment System Professional.

A wide variety of features are available through BMW ConnectedDrive. This includes items such as the BMW Head-Up Display, Driving Assistant Plus with Traffic Jam Assistant, the BMW Parking Assistant, Surround View and BMW Night Vision with Dynamic Light Spot and Speed Limit Info.


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Al Bustan Centre and Residence unveils new look for Al Teaba Food Court

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Al Bustan Centre and Residence unveils new look for Al Teaba Food Court


4160Al Bustan Centre and Residence, the popular hotel-apartment among tourists and businessmen in the heart of Dubai, is proud to present a new look for its Al Teaba Food Court in line with the property’s renovation of all rooms and suites aimed at transforming itself into a satisfying dining destination.

The entire kitchen serving the food court has been renovated with newly-laid floor and ceiling; at the same time modern signages have been added to advertise the various combo menus and a la carte options.

The Al Teaba Food Court, part of Al Bustan’s portfolio, began operation in 1996 and diners can experience culinary delights that will suit their taste buds. The Food Court boasts of a good ambience and offers international buffet including Arabic, Chinese and Indian cuisines as well as pizza, manakish and plenty of a la carte menu prepared by experienced chefs from 12 noon to 11:00 pm daily.

Moussa El Hayek, Chief Operating Officer of Al Bustan Centre & Residence, said: “The latest development at the Food Court is expected to further enhance our appeal by offering hotel guests, mall shoppers and visitors greater convenience and access to a variety of dining options. We are also pleased to announce that our Food and Beverage Outlets are now HACCP certified with Grade-A certification from the Dubai Municipality to match five-star standards.”

The certification is an index of the property’s drive to ensure customers’ confidence in food safety with the property’s hygiene officer carrying out daily audit on all food related items.





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Samsung Unveils Next Generation Display with Galaxy Note Edge

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Samsung Unveils Next Generation Display with Galaxy Note Edge


4127Samsung Electronics has revealed a new addition to its flagship Galaxy Note series with the launch of the limited edition Galaxy Note Edge. The device was launched as part of the Galaxy Note 4 World Tour in Dubai. Taking the mobile experience to the next level, the Galaxy Note Edge features a one-of-a-kind Edge Screen which offers users a totally revolutionary way of accessing information and engaging with their mobile device.

The Galaxy Note Edge’s unique curved Edge screen provides quick access to frequently used apps, alerts and device functionality – even when the cover is closed – all with the swipe of a thumb. The design of the device also enables users to receive notifications directly on the Edge Screen while watching videos without disturbing their viewing.

“Since the first Samsung Galaxy Note was introduced in 2011, the Galaxy Note category has been a success in the Middle East region. More and more customers continue to welcome the Galaxy Note into their lives as larger-screen devices are becoming increasingly popular,” said Mr. Hayssam Yassine, Head of Telecommunications Group at Samsung Gulf Electronics. “Trend-conscious consumers are demanding companies push the boundaries of what is possible to offer novel, premium products andSamsung’srelentless pursuit of the best in innovation has led to the debut of the unique Galaxy Note Edge.”

The revolutionary design concept of the Galaxy Note Edge makes everyday tasks and multitasking easier and more efficient, echoing Samsung’s consumer-centric approach that catapulted the Note to success. To reduce the chances of the device being dropped, Samsung’s designers carefully considered where to place each icon. For example, the camera shutter button on the Edge screen is located in the middle rather than the bottom for easier use. Additionally, the front edge of the curved screen lies flat between the upper and lower bezel to protect the screen and ensure it is raised up above whatever surface the Note Edge is lying on.

The Edge Screen also helps users express their personality and tastes by allowing them to design their own Edge Screen with their favorite images and text, including those composed with the S Pen. Additionally, useful tools, such as ruler, stopwatch, timer, flashlight and voice recorder, can

be launched through the Edge Screen’s Quick Tool feature. The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in “Charcoal Black” and “Frost White”.


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Panasonic Unveils Robotic Innovations in Nursing and Hospital Care at GITEX 2014

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Panasonic Unveils Robotic Innovations in Nursing and Hospital Care at GITEX 2014


465With the rise in nursing care and hospital administration tasks, Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa expects an increase in demand for robotic solutions in the regional healthcare industry. At GITEX 2014, the company unveiled its two new generation robots– RESYONE that helps care receivers to transfer safely between their bed and wheelchair with the help of only one care giver; and HOSPI that redefines medication dispensing in hospitals.

RESYONE, the robotic bed, consists of an electric care bed that transforms into a move-around sofa where the patient can be transferred by just one care giver easily without having to lift the care-receiver.

The other unveiled product is called HOSPI which is an autonomous delivery robot that helps with transportation of medication and lab sample collection 24/7 in hospitals. Aiming to unburden the pressure on hospital staff especially when the number of staff is less, Panasonic’s HOSPI work is not limited to one floor delivery since he can deliver items to multiple levels in hospitals.

Both RESYONE and HOSPI reflect Panasonic’s commitment to support, enhance and simplify healthcare with the help of technology.

Yasuo Yamasaki, Director, System Solutions & Communication Division, Panasonic Marketing Middle East & Africa, commented: “We believe that the automation of hospital systems can help the staff to dedicate themselves to their primary work since with HOSPI, we bring hospitals a much needed relief to assist in day to day administration tasks to offer better care to patients. HOSPI acts as a smart and friendly helping hand and guarantees optimum dedication to both patients and staff. On the other hand, we are trying to bring care receivers and the elderly, help to lead a more independent life by using robotic bed like RESYONE,” he added.

The smart HOSPI robot avoids obstacles, calls the lift, gets on/off the lift efficiently while also smiling and greeting during its travel to the destination. With enough storage to accommodate six medication A3 size trays, HOSPI can transport various objects like commonly used medication, blood and urine samples by just pressing a destination button while assuring the stability of movement which made him better than Pneumatic tube while delivering anticancer drug and urine samples. Additionally, to ensure security, only staff with authentication ID cards can open the storage while a built-in camera captures the images set ahead of HOSPI and can be reviewed if necessary.

Use of RESYONE not only saves time, energy and the burdens of lifting and moving patients but also helps them to avoid being in a stationary position for long periods of time. Furthermore, it decreases pressure on the body of the patients while moving. The RESYONE is a certified robotic device for nursing care and it is considered as a safe and easy way for a single care-giver to conveniently handle the mobility of the receiver, thus paying undivided attention to the needs of the receiver.



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Emaar unveils prestigious BLVD Heights residences in Downtown Dubai

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Emaar unveils prestigious BLVD Heights residences in Downtown Dubai


473Building on the strong demand for residential apartments in Downtown Dubai, the world’s most visited lifestyle destination, Emaar Properties PJSC has unveiled BLVD Heights, comprising two residential towers connected by a podium.

BLVD Heights features 280 luxuriously appointed homes that offer spectacular views of Downtown Dubai. Designed for families, the one to three-bedroom apartments are also in close proximity to The Opera District, Dubai’s new cultural destination defined by Dubai Opera, a state-of-the-art multi-format theatre.

BLVD Heights has a central location that provides residents with easy access to The Dubai Mall and several world-class hotels, as well as Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, the splendid thoroughfare in Downtown Dubai. Additionally, they can enjoy a wide range of lifestyle amenities in the podium including a swimming pool and advanced gymnasium.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties PJSC, said: “Demand for stylishly designed apartments in Downtown Dubai continues to be strong, led by its appeal as the world’s most popular lifestyle destination. Homes in BLVD Heights will appeal to investors from around the world providing them a sought-after address in the heart of the city.”

Emaar will launch BLVD Heights simultaneously in four cities – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Online registration will commence in the UAE at 10am on September 10, 2014 at www.emaar.com.

Sales will be held a first-come first-served basis on September 13: at 10am at Emaar Pavilion on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Dubai and at the Emaar Sales Centre in Al Nahda Tower in Abu Dhabi. In Asia, sales will be held on a first-come, first-served basis at 2pm in Shanghai at Jing An Shangri-la, West Shanghai; in Hong Kong, at The Excelsior Hotel, Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay; and in Singapore at Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Emaar is also offering long-term investors and end-users the opportunity to register for the Emaar Preferred Access programme, also at www.emaar.com. Investors who make a down payment of 30 per cent of the total value of the property and maintain ownership until hand-over is completed will be offered preferred access and the opportunity to own homes, subject to conditions, through this new customer-oriented initiative.

Interested investors and end-users can also skip the line and register for the programme even on the day of the launch. ‘Skip the line’ avoids the need for waiting in the regular queues for property purchases or early registrations.


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Huawei unveils big ambitions with the 6-inch Ascend Mate7

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Huawei unveils big ambitions with the 6-inch Ascend Mate7


469Huawei has launched its latest Ascend Mate7 smartphone at IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin) 2014 with plans to offer the flagship device in the UAE by October. The smartphone is the latest addition to Huawei’s growing device range as the company showcases its high ambitions as the number three smartphone vendor in the world.

“Today marks the arrival of our fastest and most compelling big-screen smartphone experience for consumers. It’s a symbol of our relentless commitment to ‘Make it Possible’ for people everywhere to enjoy our premium quality products,” said Ashraf Fawakherji, Vice President of Huawei Device Middle East. “Huawei Ascend Mate7 actually leads the big-screen pack with smarter performance, impressive power efficiency, and outstanding convenience with its superior single-touch fingerprint technology.”

The Ascend Mate 7 features a big 6-inch screen with FHD display for enhanced entertainment viewing, a slimmer 7.9mm body for increased comfort, a more powerful octa-core chipset for superior performance, and a longer-lasting 4100 mAh battery. With new single-touch fingerprint technology and EMUI 3.0, Ascend Mate7 dials up the mobile experience to make it easier for users to live life to the fullest. The Ascend Mate7 will be available in three distinct chic colors, moonlight silver, obsidian black and amber gold.

Smart Performance

Boasting octa-core architecture, Ascend Mate7 has an intelligent Huawei Kirin 925 processor made up of four large A15 1.8 GHz and four small A7 1.3 GHz chipsets, which are activated depending on the power needs of a specific app or function so the smartphone can be smarter with power management. Ascend Mate7 saves up to 50% of the battery by automatically using smaller A7 cores to power standard apps that consumer use at least 80% of the time, and kicking in the larger A15 during high-performance use such as gaming. Running on a high density 4100 mAh mAh Li-Polymer battery offers more than 2 days of non-stop normal use. With Huawei’s proprietary power-saving technology, Ascend Mate7 provides three power saving modes – normal, smart, and ultra power saving.

Located on the back of the handset and measuring 9.16mm x 9.16mm, the unlock reader supports up to five sets of different fingerprint records which can be allocated to normal and guest modes, so a user can switch modes to enhance protection when securing private folders, applications, or payment information.

Style and Substance

At only 7.9mm slim and weighing 185g, it has an ergonomically curved back for easier operation with just one hand and an ultra-narrow 2.9mm bezel. With a 6-inch FHD in-cell LTPS display that consumes less power and JDI Nega-NEO technology for an impressive 1500:1 high contrast ratio, Ascend Mate7 delivers incredibly sharp images. It has a 13MP rear-facing camera to capture better party photos in low lighting with Sony’s 4th generation BSI sensor and f/2.0 aperture. In addition, the 5MP front-facing camera adopts the industry-leading 5P non-spherical lens for higher definition and less image distortion.


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Al Ansari Exchange unveils India Promotion 2014 to mark festivities of Onam and Diwali

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Al Ansari Exchange unveils India Promotion 2014 to mark festivities of Onam and Diwali


48Al Ansari Exchange, a UAE-based foreign exchange and worldwide money transfer company, has announced the launch of India Promotion 2014—falling in line with the festive occasions of Onam and Diwali, two of the biggest festivals in India. The promotion, which will run from September 1, 2014 until October 30, 2014, will have more than 500 guaranteed winners.

India Promotion 2014 is being held in partnership with Videocon, India’s leading brand in consumer electronics, home appliances, mobiles and tablets, and exclusively sponsored by Transfast Worldwide Money Transfer, a leading international money transfer and payments company.

During the two-month promotion, all remittances made to India will be automatically qualified to enter into an on-the-spot draw.  Cash rewards worth thousands of Dirhams will be instantly given to lucky winners during their transaction on the counter at any of the Al Ansari branches in the UAE. In addition, the lucky patrons will stand a chance to win exciting electronic products from Videocon, which will be delivered free of cost in India.

Bassel El Bakkar, Marketing Manager, Al Ansari Exchange, said: “Over the years, Al Ansari Exchange has witnessed an increase in remittances to India during Onam and Diwali as they are among the biggest festivals for Indians. Therefore, we have launched our latest promotion to coincide with these festivals so that these celebrations become even more special for our Indian customers.





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Nikon unveils high-performance D810 DSLR to capture stunning video

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Nikon unveils high-performance D810 DSLR to capture stunning video


4190Building upon its videography success in other markets, Nikon Middle East FZE today launched the high-performance D810 full-frame digital SLR camera in the Middle East, designed to produce high-definition, high-quality images and video.

The D810 offers the ability to record stunning Full HD video, while a 36.3-megapixel sensor and wide ISO range combine to offer unrivalled images rich in tone and definition. In addition to delivering fabulous shots, the camera offers outstanding versatility to enable it to excel in a wide range of environments and situations.

“Nikon has experienced great success in the DSLR market in Middle East and Africa over last few years, and we hope to continue the trend with the launch of the D810, the latest addition to our extensive regional portfolio,” said Takashi Yoshida, Managing Director Nikon MEA, “We are continuously listening to our customers, both in region and across the world, and incorporating their needs into our innovations. The D810 is a perfect example of that, where we have advanced our video recording capabilities to meet the finest industry standards, while also improving our photography function.”

Yoshida added, “We are keen to tap into the regional videography market not just by providing the best equipment, but also extending support though events such as the upcoming Nikon Videography Summit and Nikon Film Festival, and on-going Nikon School initiative. The ultimate aim of our ‘I AM A MOVEMENT’ campaign is to provide platforms for the local community to meet and acquaint with professionals from the fraternity and exchange information and ideas whilst competing for the coveted title and support videographers and film-makers in their endeavor to create high-quality, exciting content.”

Commenting on the evolution of the camera, Narendra Menon, Regional Head Sales and Marketing, Nikon MEA, said, “The new Nikon D810 builds on the performance of the acclaimed D800, and has been designed to produce breath-taking images and video. The camera’s raw power maintains the integrity of every frame, blending incredible picture quality with the ability to capture clear Full HD video, while giving professionals complete creative control over the image. Its high megapixel count and wide ISO range ensure rich and sharp images regardless of shooting conditions.”

The D810 puts incredible power and flexibility in the hands of videographers, enabling recording of Full HD 1080p movies at 60 frames per second (fps). It has been designed to meet the needs of photography enthusiasts and professionals alike, who demand a DSLR that delivers the ultimate blend of clarity, sharpness, and rich colours for any shot. The new model features a 36.3-megapixel sensor and an ISO range of 64 to 12800, giving the camera the capacity to maximise the full potential of Nikon’s wide range of NIKKOR lenses.

The full-frame D810 is a step up from the successful D800, boasting an effective pixel count of 36.3 million, enabling images to be enlarged without degrading quality. The image sensor is designed without an optical low-pass filter to ensure images appear sharp while retaining rich tonality. It also packs the power of the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine that delivers high-speed processing, which along with the camera’s wide range of ISO sensitivities, offers further creative control for shooting in less-than-optimal conditions.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D810 is available in the UAE at all major retailers, at the suggested retail price of AED 13,999. For more information on the D810 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikon-mea.com.


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Oman Air Unveils New Performance Management System

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Oman Air Unveils New Performance Management System


497As Oman Air prepares for its next phase of rapid expansion, due to launch later this year with the arrival of the first of 20 new aircraft, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman has reaffirmed its commitment to the highest quality in all areas of its operations.

The latest step in this process is the launch by Oman Air’s Finance and Human Resources Department of its New Performance Management System 2014, which will involve every member of staff, throughout the company. The project aims to achieve better results by developing understanding and managing performance within an agreed framework of planned goals, standards and competency requirements. Individual outcomes will be linked to Oman Air’s reward programme, following end-of-year reviews.

Unveiling the new initiative, Dr Rashid Mohamed Al Ghailani, Chief Officer Human Resources, commented:

“On behalf of the Management team, it gives us, great pleasure to launch the New Performance Management System 2014, which provides a vital mechanism for communicating responsibilities and evaluating achievements.

“This new system is critical to all key stakeholders at the company. It has been designed to ensure that all supervisors evaluate the performance of their employees in an objective manner and in line with the corporate framework.

“Oman Air has built its formidable international reputation upon the quality of the goods and services we offer to our customers and the continuing success of the company relies on our individual accomplishments. With the new Performance Management System, every employee in the company will understand Oman Air’s key performance indicators, how his or her individual actions can support the ‘big picture’, and how they can best contribute to achieving departmental and company objectives.

“I would like to thank all our staff, who have responded so positively to this initiative, and we look forward to seeing the results of the programme over the coming weeks and months.”

Several communication sessions have already been held – with additional sessions planned - to tell employees about the new system. In addition, banners, signage and related communication material have been positioned throughout Oman Air’s HQ and outlying stations. Employees will be kept up to date with the progression of the project and the company’s evolving expectations of both managers and their staff.


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