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Asteco recorded the delivery of nearly 15,000 residential units over the course of 2018, comprising 12,000 apartments and 2,750 villas. While Emiratis were the top investors among GCC nationals in Dubai’s real estate market, investing over Dh11.5 billion, Indians followed next with Dh10.8 billion, British with Dh4.3 billion, Pakistanis with Dh2.8 billion and Jordanians with Dh1.5 billion.

These statistics were released in conjunction with the upcoming Dubai Property Festival which is organised by Dubai Land Department (DLD) from 26th to 28th March at Dubai World Trade Centre. According to the organisers of the show, the continued investments in Dubai’s real estate market indicate the robust growth of the sector.

Targeting participants including not just property developers but also brokers, lenders, mortgage providers, investors, and home buyers, Dubai Property Festival is a sales and purchase event that aims at attracting global investment into the UAE.

Reports suggest that looking ahead, a total of 96,000 units are currently scheduled to be completed before the end of 2020. According to Bayut, some of the top areas that offer the highest return on investment include International City (9.3 percent) Jumeirah Lake Tower (7.5 percent), Jumeirah Village Circle (7.3 percent), Dubai Marina (6.4 percent) and Downtown Dubai (5.4 percent).

“Considering the cautious approach taken by property developers, the property market in the UAE is set for a steady growth. In addition, the strategic initiatives introduced by the government including residency visa for up to 10 years will serve as a catalyst for positioning the country as a top destination for real estate investments,” said Dawood Al Shezawi of Dubai Property Festival Organizing Committee.

Dubai Property Festival (DPF), in partnership with the International Property Show (IPS) is the Middle East’s Biggest Property Sales Platform for local and international real estate markets. The show allows retail sale and purchases for both local and international properties. DPF is a mega property sales platform where exclusive deals to end-users and investors are offered for three days. It enables developers to sell their project offerings onsite at much lower prices, attractive to investors looking to explore from a wide range of properties. The 2018 event attracted 131 exhibitors from 30 countries, as well as 20,332 visitors and VIPs from 143 countries.

While demand remains popular in some of Dubai’s historically trendy areas like Dubai Marina, the popularity of more familial communities like Jumeirah Village Circle and the affordability of Arabian Ranches have increased searches in these areas. Property Finder’s data reveals that in 2018 the most searched areas for those looking to buy were Dubai Marina with over 1.3 million searches, Downtown Dubai with over 1 million searches and the Palm Jumeirah with nearly one million searches.

At the upcoming Dubai Property Festival, professionals of the industry will be presented with a never before incentive to boost the growth of the sector.

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Very few events in the world, let alone in the region, bring artists together in such a vibrant, cultural cadre that is infused with heritage and invites artists, locally and internationally, to inspire and enlighten visitors. SIKKA Art Fair consistently embraces the artistic talent inherent in people and showcases their skills for the world to see and celebrate. The fair this year features an exciting line-up of art exhibitions and installations, visual and performing art sessions, music and film screenings, workshops, poetry and talks, alongside home-grown food pop-ups and fun activities for children.

Every year, the Fair comes with an exciting list of artists and performers, who light up an entire week of the Dubai Art Season. SIKKA Art Fair supports Dubai Vision 2020, by promoting cultural tourism, and also caters to the UAE leadership’s broader aim to bring happiness to the community, by building a vibrant and sustainable multi-cultural society and supporting the establishment and development of creative industries. Now in its ninth year, the fair is effervescent and inspiring as always — but with a significant message. Themed ‘An open window to art and tolerance’, SIKKA this year is soaked in the national celebration of the value of tolerance.

Under this year’s theme, SIKKA brings together a selection of artists who have developed their artistic research around the theme and in support of the Year of Tolerance 2019. We round up 10 bests at SIKKA that embody diversity and acceptance as their central notion and celebrate the spirit of Year of Tolerance.

  1. The Weave of Life is an enchanting art installation and a loom-ing performance by Mioara Cherki and Fleur Hindermeyer. The performance is a 30-minute unforgettable and magical experience, that sends out a message of inclusiveness and acceptance. It is a mixed-media installation composed of 5 works by Mioara as a painter, by progressive woollen thread weaving between the walls of the room, and by a video attesting the previous steps of the progressive weaving. It is an art-performance, that turns this installation into a work-in-progress. Fleur performs slow movement dance on an original soundtrack, so that to weave little by little the threads in the room, while Mioara goes on the repetitive writing on the walls, creating an immersive experience.
  2. Has it been hard to associate the protectors of law with the freedom of art? Not anymore. SIKKA brings out the artistic side of Dubai Police, the first police art gallery in the world, showcasing artworks made by police officers using material from their every-day life. It is an exemplary effort of connecting people with the artists that otherwise they see as mere police officers.
  3. House 29 of the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood presents One Humanity, in the spirit of Year of Tolerance. The illustrations selected by Baroness Angela Von Berger from her famous celebrity cookbook in collaboration with artist Sacha Sosno and graphic photographer Ralph Hutchings, are sure to engage you and connect you to the variety that exists around the world.
  4. Patterns from Alhambra by Jaber Al Haddad, an Emirati artist, is an epitome of inclusiveness and acceptance. The interactive artwork by the artist will be completed by the visitors of SIKKA, who will be invited to draw a very complex and famous Islamic geometric pattern from the Alhambra Palace by using strings (string art).
  5. Kapil Bhimekar, paints a mural for SIKKA this year. An artwork that is a tribute to the people of UAE, who live here, work here, and make this city what it is. The creation connects people of different nationalities and backgrounds in a captivating manner. A worthy tribute to the Year of Tolerance.
  6. A collector of scents by Jumaanah Alhashem is an art installation that will take you through a sensory journey into the history of scents and perfumes in the UAE thereby offering a rare chance to the visitors to explore the historic significance of incenses in the Emirati Culture. What better way of connecting people to the culture of the country they live in – one of the most inventive techniques of spreading the fragrance of tolerance that UAE society has exemplified since centuries.
  7. A fifth time returning artist Khawla Dharwish sculpts Equilibrium for SIKKA. The sculpted piece provokes the viewers’ mind and thoughts and entices them to think about the core meaning of life and how in balance one can reach harmony – which is only reflected through tolerance with others on all levels of humanity.
  8. Future Designer by Nora Zeid and MariAM Alzayani is a subtle way of connecting people of all cultural backgrounds with the means of Augmented Reality and show how the power of technology can bridge cultural gaps. The installation is an audio-visual experience, connecting people, regardless of their age and background, all while making them ponder on the topic of the artwork.
  9. Sidroh, a monument of us by Emirati artist Ameena Aljarman is a blend of photography and sewing pieces and a video projection. The artworks under this are part of an ongoing documentation project of Sidroh area in Ras Al Khaimah. It is a presentation of a sentimental attachment to space, objects and unseen links – which are some elements that remain same for people across the world. People can relate to other areas around the world thereby strengthening the value of oneness among all and hence tolerance.
  10. M.Perfection by Selma Catovic Huges highlights the inner beauty of human beings defying the physical, cultural, and social barriers that separate us – hence fostering a sense of tolerance and acceptance in the community. It explores the fine line between the literal and phenomenal beauty, creating transformations from plain to desirable. For SIKKA, the installation opens up the dialogue and emphasizes the need to transform the mundane routine of our lives into a phenomenal beauty. It challenges the viewer to reflect on a moment, self-appreciation, and a deeper meaning of life. When we embrace our flaws, weaknesses and differences, our imperfection transcends the subtlety in our identity.

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Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) took part in an artistic activity, ‘Kowar’ during Art Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, as part of Dubai Art Season, organised by Dubai Culture, the Strategic Partner of Art Dubai.

Dubai Culture assigned a group of young, talented artists who specialise in architecture and who are participating at SIKKA Art Fair to design ‘kowar’, with the aim to highlight the culture of coffee in the UAE, the Arab region, and the world through its cultural and social values, especially the way it is presented to guests, enhancing the spirit of tolerance among various people and acceptance of others. Dubai Culture focusses on the ‘Year of Tolerance’ theme and its values of openness to all cultures and peoples, through interacting with visitors and artists participating at the fair.

Commenting on Dubai Culture’s participation in Art Dubai, Walid Ahmad, Head of Dubai Art Season, said: “The participation of Dubai Culture supports young artists participating in the Sikka Art Fair and provides a platform to showcase their artwork and interact with the visitors and artists at the Art Dubai Fair. Such participation reflects the Authority’s commitment to supporting new talent in the UAE and the region, and introducing their work and creative developments to the public.”

Art Dubai was held in Madinat Jumeirah between 20 – 23 March with the participation of over 500 artists and 90 galleries from more than 40 countries, including the United Arab Emirates. It included four main exhibition halls, and its new design emphasised the Art Dubai Contemporary Gallery and Art Dubai Modern Gallery. Art Dubai launched the first edition of the Middle East, Africa and Asia museum-quality works, in addition to Latin America, and the new section ‘Emirates Now’ dealt with the local artistic interaction with current issues and the local creative dialogue.

Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the UAE’s rich heritage. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures to enhance Dubai’s position as a creative and sustainable global city for culture, heritage, arts, and literature, with the aim to empower these sectors by developing creative and innovative projects and initiatives locally, regionally, and globally.

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This week, the world’s education experts convene in Dubai for the Global Education & Skills Forum. Joining them is a British export which is paving the way in international education, right now. Yet, despite it being widely known in its home country, very few are aware of its international credentials.

Currently running in more than 130 countries and territories and supporting in excess of 1.3 million young people, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – also known as the DofE in the UK – has enabled millions of young people to step outside their comfort zone and challenge themselves through non-formal education.

And a recent survey by the charity of more than 12,000 people from 150+ countries and territories found that this type of education – learning outside the traditional classroom environment – is becoming more and more sought after. In fact, of those surveyed, two in three young people and four in five adults believe that classroom learning alone is no longer enough to prepare them for the world.

In a series of global surveys run by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, more than 10,000 young people across two age groups (13 – 251 and 16 – 252) and nearly 2,000 adults3 (aged 25+) were asked their opinion on the challenges and opportunities young people face and the skills necessary for success in today’s world.

The surveys found that seven in 10 young people feel they face more uncertainty  today  than previous generations. Further, six in 10 think that growing up is more complicated than it was for their parents and grandparents.

Those surveyed rank skills such as confidence, resilience and determination – those skills targeted by the Award’s activity – as important for ensuring young people are ready for the world. Other skills such as leadership and teamwork are also seen as necessary for success, by both adults and young people alike.

John May, Secretary General of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation said: “Ask many about the Award in the UK and they have either been involved themselves, or know someone who has. Yet few realise that this British initiative is also a strong British export, which has been running internationally for more than 60 years. From Bangladesh to the Bahamas; Czech Republic to Côte d’Ivoire; the Award is one of only a handful of examples of education frameworks which are delivered identically around the world. The Award started more than 60 years ago as a ‘do it yourself growing up kit’ for British teenagers – almost three quarters of a century on, it’s just as relevant – if not more – both nationally and internationally, than when it began.”

The Award’s strength lies in the fact that each and every participant creates their own unique programme, to fit their motivations and circumstances, and that programme can also adapt to meet cultural, religious or environmental factors as well. Participants pursue their self-identified areas of interest, developing their own unique Award programme of skill-building, physical activity, voluntary community service and challenge through outdoor adventure.

  • Survey of 7,681 13-25 year olds across year olds from countries & territories including Bangladesh, Kenya, Ghana & In conjunction with U-Report. September 2018.
  • Survey of 3,487 16 – 25 year olds across 80+ countries & territories including Turkey, Barbados, New Zealand and the July – September 2018.

3 Survey of 1,825 adults (25+) from countries and territories including Bulgaria, Australia, Mauritius and South Africa. July – September 2018.

Vikas Pota, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation, said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has for decades been the benchmark for the best ways to push young people beyond their limitations, helping them grow and learn valuable life lessons.

“The skills developed beyond the comfort zone of the classroom that the scheme brings out will help ensure our young people are equipped to embrace the challenges of tomorrow, whether they are tackling climate change and global poverty or navigating a workforce changed beyond recognition by automation.

“These are life skills that many of the speakers at this year’s Global Education & Skills Forum have in abundance as we hear from the inspiring individuals who, in so many different areas, are changing our world. Those participating in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award today might soon be among them.”

Simon Penney, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner to the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan added: “With nearly 15,000 current participants across the Middle East, it’s clear that the Duke of Edinburgh International Award truly makes a difference in preparing young people for their future.   It’s a prime example of how a different component of British education can have a positive influence on people’s lives.”

John May continues: “During the past few years, the Award has seen rising international interest in its work and outcomes. We are regularly approached by leaders in education, government and youth organisations who are interested in exploring the benefits of non-formal education and the role it can play in developing skills such as resilience, confidence, communication and problem solving – skills which many deem essential for young people, as the world changes at a rate and in ways never seen before.”

For more details on the Award and to read the full #WORLDREADY Discussion Paper, with additional insights, please visit www.worldready.org.

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Morocco has been witnessing an increase in foreign direct investments, with 40 percent of foreign investment coming from the GCC region and significant proportion of this total being invested into the real estate sector.In addition, on an annual basis, the price of real estate assets has increased by 0.9 percent, with increases of 1.8 percent for land and 4.4 percent for professional use, while residential properties remained unchanged.

These figures were announced in conjunction to Morocco’s Ministry of Land Preparation, Reconstruction, Housing and City Policy participation at the upcoming Dubai Property Festival (DPF) which will take place from 26th to 28th March at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. A delegation spearheaded by Secretary of State will participate at the DPF to showcase their potential real estate projects to visitors from all around the world.

Dubai Property Festival (DPF), in partnership with the International Property Show (IPS) is the Middle East’s Biggest Property Sales Platform for local and international real estate markets, and allows retail sale and purchases for both local and international properties. DPF is a mega property sales platform where exclusive deals to end-users / investors are offered for three days. It enables developers to sell their project offerings onsite at much lower prices, attractive to investors looking to explore from a wide range of properties. The 2018 event attracted 131 exhibitors from 30 countries, as well as 20,332 visitors and VIPs from 143 countries.

“Morocco, particularly the cities of Marrakech and Meknes have experienced a wealthy increase in investments. We are optimistic that Morocco’s participation at Dubai Property Festival will serve as a strategic move for the country to tap investments, not only from the GCC and Middle East, but also across the world,” said Dawood Al Shezawi, Chairman of Dubai Property Festival Organizing Committee.

Studies indicate that Morocco’s real GDP will increase by 3.3 percent in 2019, owing to the expansion of the industrial and retail sector, increased tourism and higher levels of capital spending.

At the upcoming Dubai Property Festival, professionals of the industry will be presented with several opportunities to invest in Morocco’s mushrooming real estate sector.

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“The import to the UAE of cigarettes not carrying the ‘Digital Tax stamps’ will be banned as of May 2019,” reaffirmed the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) at a training workshop held to introduce employees at customs agencies across the UAE to the objectives and implementation tactics for the “Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products Scheme”.

Taking place at the FTA’s Dubai headquarters, the workshop is part of the Authority’s plan to raise awareness and enhance communication with all relevant departments and authorities to combat tax evasion and tighten control procedures at entry ports. FTA experts introduced attendees to the “Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products Scheme”, which went into effect at the beginning of 2019, as per Cabinet Decision No. (42) of 2018.

In a press statement issued today, the Authority explained that it is carrying through with its efforts to train customs employees in the UAE, 23 of whom attended the workshop. This adheres to the timeline outlined in FTA Decision No. (3) of 2018 on Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products, issued by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and FTA Chairman. The Decision, which went into effect on January 1, 2019, specified the dates when the Digital Tax stamps will be made available in the UAE, as well as the storage standards and requirements, whereby tobacco importers and manufacturers are required to purchase the Digital Tax stamps and place them on the products to indicate that due taxes have been paid.

The Decision stipulates that as of May 1, 2019, importing any type of cigarettes not bearing the Digital Tax stamps would be banned, then beginning on August 1, 2019, selling or distributing any unmarked tobacco products will be prohibited across all local markets. The FTA representatives introduced customs employees to the tools and procedures set up for implementing the Scheme and verifying that the Digital Tax stamps have been placed on the packaging of tobacco and tobacco products before entering the UAE.

The experts noted that the Scheme is applicable on all types of cigarettes – imported and locally produced and distributed – and is set to be gradually expanded to cover all tobacco products, which will be digitally tracked from their production and until they reach the end-consumers, to ensure full compliance with Excise Tax obligations. They explained that the Authority’s decision included a specific procedure for applying the Digital Tax stamps on tobacco products to indicate that Excise Tax has been paid. The digital tax stamps must be place in the manner and place determined by the Authority on each product; they will be registered in the FTA database and contain data that can be read using a sophisticated device to ensure due Excise Taxes have been paid.

FTA Decision No. (3) of 2018 notes that the Digital Tax stamps must be placed on selected Excise goods within their production facilities, immediately after packaging, if they are produced in the UAE, or prior to importing them if they are produced abroad. The Federal Tax Authority urged tobacco suppliers to comply with the Scheme to avoid administrative penalties, which could include being barred from conducting their business until full compliance is ensured. The Scheme facilitates inspections and control at customs ports and markets to prevent the sale of products where tax obligations have not been met.

Taking place at the FTA’s Dubai headquarters, the workshop is part of the Authority’s plan to raise awareness and enhance communication with all relevant departments and authorities to combat tax evasion and tighten control procedures at entry ports. FTA experts introduced attendees to the “Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products Scheme”, which went into effect at the beginning of 2019, as per Cabinet Decision No. (42) of 2018.

In a press statement issued today, the Authority explained that it is carrying through with its efforts to train customs employees in the UAE, 23 of whom attended the workshop. This adheres to the timeline outlined in FTA Decision No. (3) of 2018 on Marking Tobacco and Tobacco Products, issued by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Minister of Finance, and FTA Chairman. The Decision, which went into effect on January 1, 2019, specified the dates when the Digital Tax Marks will be made available in the UAE, as well as the storage standards and requirements, whereby tobacco importers and manufacturers are required to purchase the Digital Tax Marks and place them on the products to indicate that due taxes have been paid.

The Decision stipulates that as of May 1, 2019, importing any type of cigarettes not bearing the Digital Tax Marks would be banned, then beginning on August 1, 2019, selling or distributing any unmarked tobacco products will be prohibited across all local markets. The FTA representatives introduced customs employees to the tools and procedures set up for implementing the Scheme and verifying that the Digital Tax Marks have been placed on the packaging of tobacco and tobacco products before entering the UAE.

The experts noted that the Scheme is applicable on all types of cigarettes – imported and locally produced and distributed – and is set to be gradually expanded to cover all tobacco products, which will be digitally tracked from their production and until they reach the end-consumers, to ensure full compliance with Excise Tax obligations. They explained that the Authority’s decision included a specific procedure for applying the Digital Tax Marks on tobacco products to indicate that Excise Tax has been paid. The Marks must be place in the manner and place determined by the Authority on each product; they will be registered in the FTA database and contain data that can be read using a sophisticated device to ensure due Excise Taxes have been paid.

FTA Decision No. (3) of 2018 notes that the Digital Tax Marks must be placed on select Excise goods within their production facilities, immediately after packaging, if they are produced in the UAE, or prior to importing them if they are produced abroad. The Federal Tax Authority urged tobacco suppliers to comply with the Scheme to avoid administrative penalties, which could include being barred from conducting their business until full compliance is ensured. The Scheme facilitates inspections and control at customs ports and markets to prevent the sale of products where tax obligations have not been met.

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Accredited by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the 8th edition of the UAE Reproductive Symposium, organized by Fakih IVF Fertility Center, brought together several industry experts who used the platform to educate other healthcare providers about the latest and best practices in reproductive medicine. The symposium, held this past weekend offered 14.75 CME hours, and suggested new techniques and trials adapted by experts in the industry while identifying current clinical limitations and measures to overcome them.

The symposium served as an ideal avenue for obstetricians, gynecologists, urologists, infertility specialists, embryologists, lab personnel and nurses to come together and discuss the present and future goals in the field of reproductive health, and methods of subsequently implementing them in their practice.

The first of the two day event commenced with Dr. Michael Fakih, Medical Director of Fakih IVF Fertility Center acknowledging the panel of experts who had made it to the symposium from across the world. A pioneer in the field of assisted reproduction with over 35,000 IVF deliveries to his credit, Dr. Fakih said this year the event had successfully attracted a distinctive line up of physicians and healthcare professionals owing to which about 2,000 attendees participated in the event.

“The number of IVF cycles have grown significantly in the past two years with 5,000 cycles performed in 2017, the number has considerably increased to 8,000 by this year. Our duty as IVF professionals is to ensure that we are transferring a healthy embryo into a healthy uterus, due to which this year a big chunk of our dignitaries will be experts in maternal-fetal surgical procedures to educate on several such practices,” Dr. Fakih said.

Professor Scott Nelson from the University of Glasgow, Scotland particularly provided the audience with various examples on the impact of common medical conditions on IVF outcomes, the subsequent impact of IVF and pregnancy on disease progression and the various practices to mitigate maternal and perinatal risks.

In addition, a presentation on “Obesity in Pregnancy,” was made by Dr. Young Yoon, OBGYN specialist from Beaumont Health System, Troy, MI. Yoon spoke about the prevalence of obesity worldwide, illustrated the maternal and fetal risks associated with maternal obesity while also suggesting the ideal weight of women during each trimester.

Besides these, this year’s agenda explored other areas of concern including chronic hypertension, with superimposed preeclampsia, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia with severe features fetal brain lesions due to maternal infections and prediction and prevention of preclampsia, precision Preimplantation Diagnostic Testing for the elimination of hereditary cancers among many others.

A number of keynote speeches during the two day event were dedicated to discussing male and female infertility issues including “Techniques and results of ovarian tissue transplant,” “Role of varicocele surgery in an IVF clinic,” “social egg freezing,” “The duo-stimulation innovation approach,” and causes for severe male infertility. Participants are also expected to get a hands-on experience on the usage of surgical vitrification kits at the symposium.

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Dubai Investments Park, the wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC, received ghaf trees from a Dubai Land Department delegation and held a symbolic planting ceremony as part of a planned calendar of initiatives and activities that underlines a commitment to the Year of Tolerance at Dubai Investments.

The Dubai Land Department delivered the young ghaf trees, the national tree of the UAE, in a symbolic planting ceremony in front of Dubai Investments House in the presence of Dubai Investments management. Omar Al Mesmar, General Manager of Dubai Investments Park, Obaid Mohammed Al Salami, General Manager of Dubai Investments Real Estate Company and Dr Rashid Abdulla Al Haji, General Manager of Properties Investment, were in attendance along with Majida Ali Rashid, CEO of Real Estate Investment Management and Promotion Centre at Dubai Land Department, a delegation from Dubai Land Department and representatives from Dubai Investments.

Omar Al Mesmar said: “The Year of Tolerance is important to us all as part of the Dubai Investments plan, and this special ceremony is part of a larger commitment which will present itself in a calendar of planned events and activities reflecting our positive attitude towards co-existence. This outlook is very much apparent in the diverse cultures who make up the Dubai Investments family.

“We would like to thank the Dubai Land Department for the ghaf trees that they have brought to us. Last year approximately 3,000 trees, including 300 ghaf trees, 20,000 shrubs and 20,000 square meters of lawn grass were planted in DIP and other areas across the emirate by Dubai Investments as part of a greening initiative and commitment to the Year of Zayed.”

Majida Ali Rashid of Dubai Land Department said: “Planting the ghaf tree, the national tree of the UAE, in Dubai Investments Park is a symbolic gesture which highlights our recognition for the work carried out by Dubai Investments and subsidiaries in contributing to the advancement of the UAE.”

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Arsenal Football Club today boarded a newly branded Emirates A380 with a livery featuring a montage of Arsenal first team players. The club is making their way to Dubai for a friendly match with Al Nasr Sports Club as well as the official inauguration of Al Maktoum Stadium, taking place on 26 March. During their stay in Dubai, the Arsenal players will also take part in warm weather training sessions, to prepare for final weeks of their football season. This is the first time in Emirates’ history that the whole Arsenal squad visits their Dubai home, and the airline will be supporting the visit by connecting fans in the UAE with one of the greatest football clubs in the world.

The bespoke decal showcases the Arsenal Crest and features Lucas Torreira, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette. The decal covers a sizable area of 383sqm around the aircraft, with the images of the players identifiable from both the ground and in the air.  Watch the bespoke player decal come to life here.

Arsenal fans as well as plane spotters can catch the A380 under tail number, A6-EEB, as it travels around the world with scheduled services planned to Paris, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Bangkok and Hong Kong.

Emirates Airline, whose partnership with Arsenal is one of the most recognisable and longstanding in the world of sport, last year announced a new sponsorship deal, granting the airline a five year extension to their shirt partnership with the Club until the end of the 2023-2024 season. The sponsorship was the largest ever signed by a club and one of the biggest ever agreed in football. The Emirates and Arsenal partnership is also the longest running relationship in the Premier League, with the total duration of Emirates’ shirt branding spanning 18 years. Arsenal’s home also continues to be known as Emirates Stadium until 2028.

Emirates’ sponsorship and support of global football clubs and popular football events have enabled the airline to bring major clubs to the UAE to compete in unique tournaments, connecting them to their fans, as well as capitalising on opportunities that will link local clubs with international football teams through focused collaboration.

The airline’s efforts also support its vision to provide UAE football a platform to thrive at the international level, as well as further supporting the Dubai’s status as a world-class sports hub and a centre for professional sporting events.

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Awad Capital, the independent, Dubai-based, DFSA regulated financial services firm, has announced the successful closure of its recent capital raising, totaling $2.1 million. The capital will be used to fuel the growth of the company.

Ziad Awad, founder and CEO of Awad Capital, commented: “We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our capital raising, and along with it the expansion of our board. This achievement is testament to the confidence that we have built among our stakeholders, and further communicates our commitment to the highest levels of corporate governance. We see significant growth and diversification opportunities ahead and feel 2019 and 2020 will be particularly excellent vintage years for investing in the region.”

The new shareholders represent a cross-section of reputable financiers and entrepreneurs from across the Middle East and Europe. Following the capital increase, the firm’s board of directors now stands as follows:

  • Dr. Nasser Saidi, Chairman of the Board. Previously Minister of Economy and Industry in Lebanon and Vice Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon
  • Omar Al Madhi, Senior Managing Director and Board Member of Abdul Latif Jameel Investments
  • Faris Al Mazrui, Head of Moscow Office, Mubadala Capital
  • Ziad Awad, Founder & CEO, Awad Capital
  • George Mushahwar, previously Secretary General of the DIFC
  • Dr. Marc Nassim, Partner and Managing Director, Awad Capital
  • Christopher Ward, previously Chairman of Deloitte Corporate Finance Limited
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