Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, gave members of the public their first view of the city’s newest outdoor community events venue – the activation hub at Tilal Al Ghaf – for the Dubai premiere of ‘Aquaman’.
Featuring landscaped parkland overlooking Lagoon Al Ghaf, the activation hub will host a calendar of social, cultural and entertainment events, commencing this winter. For the venue’s very first activation, Majid Al Futtaim Communities teamed up with Warner Bros. for an outdoor screening of the newest superhero blockbuster from the DC Extended Universe.
The premiere took place on Tuesday, 11 December, with the film in cinemas across the UAE from 13 December.
“This is a wonderful way to bring the public to Tilal Al Ghaf for the first time, as we prepare to open The Park, Show Village and the first stage of Lagoon Al Ghaf next year,” said Hawazen Esber, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Communities.
“The activation hub is landscaped to offer an ideal venue for outdoor entertainment, as part of a neighbourhood that will bring to life the promise of resort-style living that is at the heart of Tilal Al Ghaf.”
When open, the activation hub will host regular events alongside the Show Village featuring six luxury villas, a bungalow and townhouses, as well as a Tilal Al Ghaf Sales & Experience Centre. Display homes will showcase the contemporary design, smart technology and sustainability features – such as rooftop solar power and built-in water filters to provide drinking water straight from the tap – being offered to future residents.
At the edge of the activation hub, the first section of beach stretches 120 metres along the shore of Lagoon Al Ghaf. In its first stage, around 15,000 square metres of this landmark recreational lagoon is filled with water, out of an eventual 70,000 square metres when complete.
Spanning three million square metres at the intersection of Hessa Street and Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan Street, Tilal Al Ghaf is a phased project that will include more than 6,500 freehold homes, ranging from apartments, townhouses and bungalows, through to luxury villas.
The public can explore plans for Tilal Al Ghaf in more detail by visiting the Majid Al Futtaim Sales & Experience Centre at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.
ENOC Group has piloted its first compact fuel station concept in Dubai – a new fuelling format offering customers accessible and convenient refuelling services.
The pilot station is designed to cater to residents living in residential communities, and is equipped with one above tank fuel dispenser and a vending machine. The fuelling unit is distinguished for its mobility as it can be dismantled, relocated and re-installed at locations without easy access to fuel in just 30 days. These fuelling stations will be placed in the parking areas of urban locations. The pilot station is in Arabian Ranches to serve adjoining communities too. With an anticipated capacity of 30,000L, ENOC will be able to fuel 400 vehicles per day.
His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO, ENOC, said: “The growth in the number of UAE registered vehicles keeps pace alongside the growth in the country’s population. This is directly translated into greater demand for fuel stations in the years ahead. The anticipated 25 million visitors expected to visit the UAE ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai presents a need in the market to innovate and offer our customers a new fuelling offering, which will serve areas where it is difficult to build new stations. The success of this pilot can largely benefit us as we ramp up our service offering and network reach ahead of the Expo, largely due to the mobility of this concept.”
With a hundred-fold increase in population over the last six decades to 9.4 million at the end of 2017 according to the UAE Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, the numbers are expected to surge to 10.41 million by 2020 – a growth of an estimated 10 per cent. This, coupled with the recent surge in new residential communities currently being built around Dubai presents a need to increase service station outlets to cater to the increasing demand on fuel.
The compact fuelling station is fully sustainable and has been equipped with solar pv panels and several technologies that contribute to enhancing energy efficiency, such as the Vapour Recovery System – a process that enables the recovery of 70 per cent gasoline vapour emissions. The pilot station is also designed with a fuel tank set up above the ground, which facilitates the re-assembly and moving process to a new location. The double wall design and build of the tanks is certified to the highest international UL Listed safety standards. In addition, the pilot will deploy a number of best EHS practices to enhance safety measures; such as the installation of overfill prevention valve, audible alarm, pressure vacuum vents, and emergency vents for the inner and outer wall.
Etisalat today announced a new insurance offering – ‘Home Protection Plan’ for all eLife home customers to provide a hassle-free option, making sure all household goods are insured for just AED 10 per month.
The new insurance plan provides coverage of up to AED 50,000 to eLife customers giving them complete protection of their home contents. The general market price for similar insurance plans may cost over AED 300 a year, offering subscribers savings of over 50 percent on their premiums. Subscribers of this plan have a unique benefit of having small monthly payments instead of high annual premium payment. Moreover, no surveys and no minimum commitment are required to qualify for this insurance plan.
“At Etisalat we are constantly looking out for ways to enrich our customer’s lives, delivering products that are both innovative and that take the hassle out of day-to-day life. Home insurance should be accessible to everyone and we are proud to bring one of the most affordable solutions to the UAE market,” said Jonathan Haysom, Vice President Home Products, Etisalat.
“Subscription is fast and easy; customers can simply call us at 800101 or visit any Etisalat store to get the plan attached instantly. Once enabled the service will give our customers the peace of mind, knowing that their home contents are covered should the worst occur.”
Etisalat partnered with UAE-based Union Insurance Company to cover all household goods and other items such as furniture, fixtures, clothing and electronics located within the premises against fire, flood, accidental damage and even theft. Subscribers can also claim for the costs incurred against the loss of their personal documents including that of any employed domestic helper. The ‘Home Protection Plan’ also gives subscribers the facility to claim reimbursement for any alternate accommodation in case of their home becoming uninhabitable, for up to 15 days following the accident.
Customers can view the details of the ‘Home Protection Plan’ in their monthly Etisalat bill. Settlement is also made simple at the time of a claim, as eLife subscribers will have to only quote their policy number and present the latest eLife bill to the Union Insurance company to initiate the settlement process.
* The monthly subscription charges for the new insurance offer includes VAT.
This festive season, The Dubai Mall invites guests on a magical journey through different worlds, encountering memorable characters and revelling in a host of activities that will spread festive cheer to all – available until January 12th 2019.
The enchanting world of Disney’s new live action fantasy The Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes to life in the Star Atrium, with visitors to The Dubai Mall invited to journey into a fairy-tale, wintry wonderland.
Guests will begin their adventure in an ornate hallway before entering a Snowflake Realm through the centre of a giant tree trunk, recreating one of the movie’s iconic moments. Against a backdrop of snow-topped trees and a gentle flurry of snowflakes, guests can create memorable family moments in a majestic winter forest landscape, while kids can play with interactive games, including a unique augmented reality experience, before exiting the wintery land via an ice slide. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms activation is open to all guests who have spent a minimum of AED 150 from any Dubai Mall store, until December 28th.
Adding to the immersive experience, guests entering the Star Atrium will be warmly greeted by four 8-metre tall Nutcracker figures; a larger-than-life reminder of the cherished festive tale. Hanging above the figures are equally giant festive baubles, creating a picture-perfect backdrop.
In the Grand Atrium, a first-of-its-kind Star Wars exhibit awaits guests. Arranged in formation, will be over 40 life-sized, stunning figures of Darth Vader, Boba Fett, K-2SO, death troopers and an army of stormtroopers, creating an unmissable photo moment for fans. Hand-assembled and created over the course of six months by California-based Sideshow, this is the largest and most significant display of Sideshow’s Star Wars figures in the world, and can only be seen at The Dubai Mall.
In the Fashion Avenue Atrium, guests can experience another magical installation featuring giant decorated fairies, floating high above to create an enchanting landscape amongst giant, glittering snowflakes. Stretching as wide as 4 metres from wing to wing, these enchanting fairies transport guests to a fairy-tale world, creating another magical, ‘Instagrammable’ moment this festive season.
Dubai Ice Rink also transforms into a festive winterland with its Festive Market, where guests can indulge in holiday treats, explore traditional European style décor and also jump head first into the Snow Ball fight zone, for some friendly battles with friends and family.
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai, part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the Middle East, is hosting sensational Indian musical duo Vishal-Shekhar on 21st December at 8 pm in front of Rajmahal Theatre.
The duo consists of Vishal Dadlani, singer and vocalist of the electronic band Pentagram, and Shekhar Ravjiani, a trained classical singer. Since their formation in 1999, they have been recognised for their talents in Bollywood and have created soundtracks for several iconic Indian movies such as Jhankaar Beats, Dus, Bluffmaster, Dostana, Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai.
Tickets will be priced at AED49 for guests who would like to visit the park exclusively for the show. However, the price of the performance is included in the price of the standard ticket to BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai at AED99 for guests who would like to enjoy a full day at the park, while annual pass holders can enjoy the show at no additional cost.
BOLLYWOOD PARKS Dubai, the world’s first and only Bollywood-themed attraction, features some of the greatest Bollywood blockbusters. Guests can enjoy a spectacular Bollywood musical -Jaan E Jigar and the chance to meet favourite movie star look-a-likes such as Shah Rukh Khan or Amitabh Bachchan. The park has also recently launched a brand-new line-up of street performances filled with energetic music, song and dance, which are showcased every day.
This festive season, City Walk, the design-inspired open-air lifestyle destination by Meraas, is gearing up to host the Winter Concert, a spectacular line-up of musical performances by students and teachers of Brooklyn Melodies Music Center, a leading music school in Dubai.
Visitors can enjoy singing, dancing, ballet acts and musical recitals performed by students of the Center from 10 to 15 December, and sing along to their favourite classical festive tunes from 20 to 25 December. Top musicians will play upbeat pop, classical and jazz tunes, solos and duets performances, to spread festive cheer.
In the spirit of the season, City Walk has donned larger-than-life decorations that will stay up until 2 January, making it the perfect spot for an extra dose of holiday cheer this year.
Winter Concert in association with Brooklyn MelodiesMusic Center – Students’ Edition
Brief: Students from Brooklyn Melodies Music Center will dazzle audiences with their singing, dancing, ballet performances and musical acts on the piano and other instruments, all in tune with the festive spirit.
Date: 10-15 December 2018
Time: Monday – Thursday: 3:30pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 2pm – 9pm
Venue: City Walk – next to Hub Zero
Winter Concert in association with Brooklyn Melodies Music Center – Teachers’ Edition
Brief: ‘Tis the season to celebrate at City Walk as top musicians play upbeat pop, classical and jazz solos and duets to spread festive cheer.
Date: 20-25 December 2018
Time: 5pm – 9pm
Venue: City Walk – fountain area across from Godiva
Spot performances by musicians from Brooklyn MelodiesMusic Center
Brief: Celebrating the joyous occasion, musicians will play a repertoire of festive songs along Al Mustaqbal Street three times a day.
Three time Omega Dubai Desert Classic Champion Ernie Els, known as ‘The Big Easy’, will return to Emirates Golf Club to tee it up for the 30th edition of the tournament from 24 – 27 January 2019.
Els will be joined by fellow South African Major winner Louis Oosthuizen who won the South African Open on the European Tour last weekend. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Ernie cemented his place as one of the greatest players of his generation with over 70 pro tournament wins worldwide including four Majors.
The South African forged his reputation as a legend of the Middle East’s longest-running European Tour event in 1994. He fired a course record of 61 in the first round, which still stands 25 years on. Those 12 birdies and 21 putts helped secure Els his first European Tour victory aged 24.
Eight years later in 2002, Els secured his second win in Dubai with a four-shot victory on the Majlis course. He then went on to make it a hat trick in 2005 when he rolled in a 20 foot eagle putt to edge out Stephen Dodd and Miguel Ángel Jiménez.
Els is the only player to have won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic three times and he has also been runner up twice. In his first 11 appearances, Els did not finish lower than 11th including three wins, three runners-up and three third place finishes.
Another South African champion joining Els in Dubai is his 21 year old nephew, Jovan Rebula, who will make his debut in Dubai as an amateur. The rising star secured his invite after winning the British Amateur Championship earlier this year, moving to No. 59 in the World Golf Amateur rankings and winning the ‘Freddie Tait Cup’ awarded to the leading amateur at the South African Open
David Spencer, Tournament Director, stated: “We are really excited to welcome back such an iconic golf legend for his 17th appearance in our tournament. Ernie is always a crowd favourite and he obviously has a special history on the Majlis course. To have both the Big Easy and the Little Easy playing together alongside Louis will give a really special South African storyline to the tournament. He may be turning 50 next year, but a fourth victory will be within his grasp!”
The 30th edition of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic will be held at Emirates Golf Club from 24 – 27 January, 2019. Since 1989, the tournament has seen 24 different winners from 13 different nations.
Travel is expected to peak this weekend for Emirates, as the airline expects yet another busy period with over 100,000 passengers passing through Terminal 3 this upcoming weekend ahead of the winter holiday break.
The busiest time for departures will be on Friday 14th December with more than 30,000 passengers scheduled to travel. Peak travel will continue throughout the month with high passenger traffic peaking again on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of December.
With road works and infrastructure enhancements happening around the main airport highways and roads during this time, Emirates urges customers to build in extra time to their journeys to avoid potential delays. Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departures. Passengers can physically check in at the airport as early as six hours before departing on their flight, and are requested to check in no later than 2 hours prior to departure, regardless of class of travel. Customers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. Customers can also check in online on both their desktops and mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure.
In addition to online check-in services, Emirates also offers convenient car park check-in facilities equipped with 16 check-in counters, located in Zone C. Customers can use these to check in and drop off their luggage. Alternatively, customers heading to Emirates Terminal 3 can choose to drop their luggage at one of the 46 dedicated bag drop counters in Economy Class or separate counters in First Class and Business Class from six hours to 90 minutes prior to departure. Families travelling with small children can use dedicated Family counters in Check in Zone 2.
Along with checked in baggage, passengers are strongly advised to adhere to carry-on baggage weight limits, which are 7kg for Economy Class and 14kg for Business and First Class. Staff will be checking the weight of carry-on bags at various touch points before passengers board their flights.
After checking in, passengers are also advised to make sure they get to their boarding gate on time. Gates open 90 minutes before departure, boarding starts 45 minutes before each flight and gates close 20 minutes before departure. If passengers report late Emirates will not be able to accept them for travel. Check-in and gate closure timings will be strictly followed to ensure flights depart on schedule. These time checks will ensure minimal flight delays out of Dubai.
All customers at the check-in counters in Terminal 3 will be awed by a unique Emirates Christmas tree decked with Fly With Me Animals including popular characters Peek U the panda, Lewis the lion, Savannah the elephant, Ernie the penguin and a limited edition of Bell the robin, which is offered to kids on-board throughout December. Customers are encouraged to visit and take pictures with the 5.5 meter tall Christmas tree that will continue to spread joy during the festive season until January 8, 2019.
A report by the Dubai Technology Entrepreneurship Campus (Dtec), a wholly owned technology hub by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), prepared in collaboration with ArabNet and startAD, an innovation and entrepreneurship platform anchored at New York University Abu Dhabi and powered by Tamkeen, revealed that the UAE ranks first in the region in terms of enterprise adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) applications with an annual growth rate of 33.5 percent.
Unveiled today at the Dtec Forum for Emerging Technology Companies at Dtec in Dubai Silicon Oasis, the Artificial Intelligence Adoption in Enterprise 2018 report compares levels of adoption of AI solutions among companies in the region and the world. The document also outlines strategies and mechanisms for implementing AI solutions at the institutional level, in addition to highlighting internal and external incentives that encourage companies to adopt these solutions.
The report quotes PwC’s 2017 forecasts that the contribution of AI to the global economy will increase to US$15.7 trillion by 2030, and that AI will contribute US$96 billion to (13.6 percent) to the UAE GDP by 2030.
While the report predicts that AI adoption will account for 45 percent of the world economy’s total gains by 2030, the UAE ranks first in the Arab world in terms of expected annual growth of AI contribution to the economy at 33.5 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia at 31.3 percent, the rest of the GCC region at 28.8 percent, and Egypt at 25.5 percent.
The report identifies multiple solutions AI can offer to companies, including operational applications, automation of robotic operations, reengineering of business processes, blockchain, big data analysis for marketing, customer care and data management, as well as using neural programming in talent search.
Speaking on the findings, Shahla Ahmed Abdul Razak, Deputy CEO DSOA, said: “The results of the report reiterate our country’s continued success in implementing the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence. His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of Artificial Intelligence, highlighted the strategy’s latest developments during the annual meetings of the UAE government in November 2018.”
She added: “As a major tech campus for startups in the heart of Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dtec is keen to collaborate with pioneering research institutions and incubators, such as startAD, to produce accurate data analysis reports and contribute to enabling technology entrepreneurship in Dubai and the wider UAE. To achieve these priorities, we can leverage the flexible regulatory frameworks and comprehensive strategies established by the UAE leadership to support entrepreneurs, emerging businesses, and SMEs, and attract local and foreign direct investments to fund innovative ideas in emerging sectors, including AI and smart city applications.”
For his part, Ramesh Jagannathan, Managing Director of startAD, said: “AI today plays a significant role in enhancing the productive capacity of countries and boosting the global GDP. To maximize its benefits, countries need to adopt AI policies across diverse sectors.”
He added: “The UAE continues to rank high in several regional and global indicators, including competitiveness, innovation, and ease of doing business, owing to its advanced AI policy that paves the way for the implementation of various smart government components. Leading by example, the corporations in the UAE are actively preparing to leverage the strengths of AI to build defensible value for the future”.
Omar Christidis, Arabnet CEO and Founder said, “AI is disrupting and redefining every industry – from the pricing of risk and interest rates in the finance industry, to predictive diagnosis in healthcare. Overall, AI can support process automation, personalization, and improving customer experience – and organizations that implement it effectively will be able to gain a competitive edge over their peers and deliver impact to their bottom line.”
The report lists three priority areas for enterprise adoption of AI solutions – AI for operation enhancement, AI for customer service enhancement, and AI for growth strategy support.
The document identifies the main factors that can have a positive or negative effect on the adoption of AI applications among companies and institutions, such as cost-benefit ratio, key trends that dominate the field, and budget availability.
Furthermore, the report outlines the concerns of entities regarding AI, primarily the risk of security breach, data leaks, privacy threats, job replacement, lack of knowledge required by suppliers, and the absence of regulatory frameworks in many countries. The report calls on companies specializing in AI to dispel these fears.
The document defines three types of AI. The first, specialized AI, comprises solutions such as virtual assistants – Siri and Alexa, digital customer service, purchase options outlook, self-driving vehicles, and automatic fraud monitoring. The second, advanced AI, enables machines to make decisions without training, learning, or pre-programming, and has not been achieved yet. Third, Super AI, is expected to surpass the intelligence of the human brain. At present, it also exists only in the minds of scientists and researchers.
In addition, the report reviews AI strategies for several institutions and companies in key sectors, such as telecommunications, financial services, automotive industry, and foodstuffs.
The methodology of the report involved qualitative research, analysis of the experience of entities active in the field of AI based on internal and external factors, and in-depth personal interviews with executives in key departments related to AI in those entities.
Gianni Infantino, President of Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), leads another star-studded list of speakers for the Dubai International Sports Conference as world football’s top decision-makers and stars assemble for the 13th edition of the annual convention at Madinat Jumeirah on January 2 and 3.
The FIFA chief will be making his fifth consecutive appearance at Dubai International Sports Conference (DISC), which is one of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and is organised by Dubai Sports Council under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.
The Conference has been bringing football’s top stakeholders together since 2006 for extensive discussions on challenges facing the ever-evolving world of football and on ways to develop and enrich the sport at the domestic, regional and international level.
The theme of the 13th edition of DISC is “Football and the Economy”, and the names of the speakers for this year was revealed by HE Saeed Hareb, Secretary General of Dubai Sports Council, at Tuesday’s press conference in Dubai Design District.
The list also includes “O Fenomeno” (The Phenomenon) Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, a member of Brazil’s World Cup winning teams of 1994 and 2002. Winner of three FIFA World Player of the Year titles – in 1996, 1997 and 2002 – Ronaldo also won the Golden Ball (player of the tournament award) at the 1998 World Cup where Brazil lost to hosts France in the final, and he is the second-highest goal-scorer for his national team, behind Pele.
Ronaldo will share the dais with the winning captain of the 1998 World Cup final Didier Deschamps and Blaise Matuidi, winner of the 2018 World Cup with the French team, in a session titled “The World Cup Experience and Value of Success”, which will be the final discussion of the day.
Mr Infantino, meanwhile, will take centrestage in the noon session titled, “More than a Game”.
Deschamps has the honour of being one of only three men, alongside Brazilian Mario Zagallo and Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, to win the World Cup as both a player and a manager. Having won the title at home in 1998, he was the manager earlier this year when the Les Bleus clinched the World Cup crown in Russia. He also holds the distinction of being one of only three players in the history of football to have won the World Cup, the European Championship and the Champions League as captain, alongside Beckenbauer and Iker Casillas.
“It is a great honour for us to welcome back Mr Gianni Infantino,” said HE Saeed Hareb. “We are also delighted to welcome two of the legends of the modern game, Ronaldo and Didier Deschamps, 2018 World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and the Deputy Secretary General of FIFA Zvonimir Boban along with all the other guests, who will be taking part in the discussions and sharing their vast experience with the audience.
“The Dubai International Sports Conference is one of the most important initiatives of Dubai Sports Council and one of the most anticipated events on the international football calendar, bringing together world football’s biggest names and providing a platform for people working in the football industry, including media from around the globe, to network with decision-makers, leaders of football associations and clubs, and star players.
“We are really pleased with the glittering array of speakers we have managed to attract for this year and the line-up for the 13th edition confirms the significance of this Conference in the wider football world and cements Dubai’s reputation as one of the top sporting destinations of the world.”
The 13th edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference will start with a session titled, “Developing New Digital Strategies for the Football Sector”, which will see Peter Moore, CEO of English club Liverpool, Umberto Gandini, former CEO of Italian Club AS Roma, and Peter Hutton, Head of Live Sports at Facebook, discuss strategies.
Zvonimir Boban, FIFA Deputy Secretary General; Ferran Soriano, CEO of English club Manchester City, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC; and Miguel Angel Gil, CEO of Spanish club Atletico Madrid, will discuss “New Formats and Revenue Perspectives” in the second session, before Mr Infantino takes the stage.
In the fourth session, Qusay Al Fawaz, President of Saudi Arabia Football Federation, will discuss “The Economics of Clubs and the Value of Players: Asian Club Opportunities and Perspectives”, alongside Mahajan Vasudevan Nair, Head of the Club Licensing at Asian Football Confederation.