The Emirates Airline Foundation has been recognised by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) for its outstanding humanitarian and outreach projects and work that spans the globe.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai; presented the award to His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group.
Other dignitaries at the ceremony held at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, included: His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation; and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation. The awards ceremony honored donors, humanitarian and charitable institutions across the UAE for their commitment to supporting humanitarian initiatives and their long-standing contributions to providing much-needed aid around the world.
Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, The Emirates Airline Foundation is a non-profit charity organisation which provides humanitarian, philanthropic aid and services for children in need. The Emirates Airline Foundation was launched in 2003 and supports 35 projects in 18 countries which help to improve the lives of children in need around the world.
With the aim of boosting the Emirate’s burgeoning art scene, Mall of the Emirates, which is owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim – the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia – is hosting Art from the Heart, a photo gallery that will explore the various facets of Ramadan. The galleries are in collaboration with three key community-centred organisations that are committed to the arts – Dubai-based photography centre Gulf Photo Plus, the Special Photographers Programme by Asateer Events and the mall’s luxury store Etoile “La boutique” from May 24 until June 16.
From May 28 until June 6, the Art from the Heart exhibition, located in the mall’s Luxury Wing on Level 1, will display Ramadan-themed, stylised photographs highlighting Etoile “La boutique’s” latest collection taken by three emerging professional photographers chosen for their fresh, fashionable and street style perspectives by Gulf Photo Plus and Mall of the Emirates.
From June 7 until June 16, the Art of the Heart exhibition will shine a spotlight on the photography talents of people of determination – who are a part of the Special Photographers Programme by Asateer Events – with photos that portray the distinctive architecture and Ramadan décor of the mall through their lens.
Programme of Events
May 28 – June 6
Ramadan through the creative vision of emerging photographers
Mashael Al Saie, Augustine Paredes and Sandra Catarina Ferreira, handpicked by Gulf Photo Plus, were tasked with portraying unique pieces from Etoile “La boutique” in a series that explores themes connected to the Holy Month. Five images from each artist will be featured in the exhibition until June 2.
A competition held concurrently on social media will invite the mall’s followers to vote for their favourite images, and the person who took the winning image will receive a Mall GiftCard.
June 7 – June 16
Mall of the Emirates through the lens of people of determination
Mall of the Emirates will celebrate the Year of Zayed by giving a group of young people of determination an opportunity to showcase their photography skills. The budding photographers will record distinctive elements of Mall of the Emirates’ interior, such as Ramadan decor and architectural details.
The exhibition is in partnership with Asateer Events, which runs the Special Photography Programme. Asateer offers employment opportunities and creative activities to people of determination. The organisation was founded by Dubai resident Mohamed Younes, a special needs educationalist and photographer from Egypt. Its ‘Special Photographer’ project, launched in 2012, is for service users who have shown promise in photography. All undertake training tailored to their abilities and are supported with a programme of excursions, exhibitions and more.
Are helicopters yesterday’s Model T? The developer of one of Miami’s most prominent real estate developments, Paramount Miami Worldcenter, thinks so and is preparing for the future of urban aviation by making modifications to the rooftop design of the tower to accommodate a 5,000-square-foot Skyport on top of a new 60-story downtown Miami high-rise.
Dan Kodsi, a veteran developer, with a masters in urban planning and background as a recreational pilot, has built more than 6,000 units over the course of his 30-year career. Today, he is readying his state-of-the-art future-forward residential tower, with the ability to convert its rooftop into a Skyport for vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, also known as passenger drones, or what some may call “flying cars.”
“The future of transportation is here within the next 10 to 15 years and urban aviation is closer to reality than you might expect. The flying vehicles will use airspace to alleviate transportation congestion and traffic on the ground for quicker daily commutes, and cleaner air around the world. These vehicles are more like a helicopter, but much quieter, run electronically and are environmentally friendly,” said developer Dan Kodsi. “PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter prides itself on its amenities and high-tech features. While the industry still has many regulatory hurdles to clear, we are excited to be at the forefront of urban aviation with what can one day be the first residential Skyport in Miami.”
One day, PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter residents could seamlessly ride a sleek glass elevator up to the luxury tower’s private rooftop, where they could be picked up or dropped off by on-demand aircraft.
Dubai’s Road and Transport Authority (RTA), in partnership with Chinese firm Ehang, carried out the first test run of an autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) last year with the launch operations to take place very soon.
Speaking last year, Mattar Al Tayer, the director general and chairman of the RTA, said: “The trial run of the first AAV is in implementation of the directives of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world
Ever since UBER Elevate announced it would begin testing its urban air taxis in Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Dubai in 2020, a galactic style race erupted from tech, aircraft manufacturers and automakers both domestic and international to develop flying cars. Including the German developers of Volocopter and Lillium, Airbus’s Vahana, the Chinese developers of Ehang 184 and Terrafugia, Google’s Kitty Hawk Flyer and Workhorse Surefly.
“Imagine traveling from Miami to Palm Beach—a drive that takes the better part of two hours—in about 30 minutes. That stop-and-go traffic to the suburbs could become a burden of the past for PARAMOUNT residents,” said Kodsi.
PARAMOUNT – located inside the massive Miami Worldcenter project in the heart of downtown Miami – is more than 70 percent sold with $400 million in sales of their 500+ city- and bay-view residences. Units range in size from 1,180 to 2,350 square feet, with prices starting at $750,000. It has more than 50 nationalities represented among its buyer pool.
For additional information about PARAMOUNT Miami Worldcenter, call (855) 756-0123, see www.PARAMOUNTmiami.com or visit the sales center at 1010 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33132.
This Holy Month of Ramadan, City Walk, The Beach, Boxpark, The Outlet Village, Al Seef, and La Mer will offer Dubai’s residents and tourists a selection of over 55 delicious iftar and suhoor options to choose from. The destinations’ eclectic range of eateries will serve up a melange of local and international cuisines to satisfy even the most discerning palates.
In a bid to promote the spirit of togetherness, Meraas has compiled a special booklet titled ‘Your Ramadan Guide’ to encourage families, groups of friends and colleagues to share a Ramadan meal across a variety of restaurants and cafés at six of its destinations.
Throughout the Holy Month, visitors can obtain the booklet from customer service hubs across all participating destinations that will also offer complimentary dates at iftar time.
The guide will feature attractively priced offers starting from AED65 to AED220, corporate deals, two-for-one schemes, and discounts of up to 20 per cent.
Here’s a sneak peek of the top picks across the participating destinations:
Multi-cuisine iftar buffet for AED129
Authentic Emirati iftar buffet for AED155
Pizza and pasta with a soft drink for AED95
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15% off on the total bill
20% off on the total bill
Five course Iftar for AED115 per head
The booklet will include daytime dining options for visitors who are not fasting, such as Maison de Juliette’s special brunch for AED95 or gourmet Turkish restaurant Kaftan’s brunch for AED190, both at La Mer.
In the spirit of the Holy Month, the destinations will sport traditional Middle Eastern décor, providing ideal venues for residents and tourists seeking to spend quality time with friends and family over a delicious meal in a warm Ramadan ambience.
Meraas will distribute the offers booklet to residential communities and corporate offices across the city.
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently hosted the 5th edition of the Dubai Sustainable Supply Chain Forum at its premises which gathered members of the business community in Dubai and highlighted global best practices for reducing companies’ environmental impact.
Organised by the Sustainability in Supply Chain Task Force under the Dubai Chamber Sustainability Network, the forum provided an ideal platform for various supply chain stakeholders to initiate a dialogue and share their experiences in this area.
During the Forum, representatives from PepsiCo and Nestlé shared specific examples of initiatives they have implemented which have improved efficiency within their supply chains, while a presentation from the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment highlighted opportunities and challenges related to climate change in the UAE. Following the presentations, the attendees participated in an open discussion and identified key sustainability challenges they are currently facing, as well as potential solutions to address them.
For his part, Dr. Belaid Rettab, Senior Director, Economic Research and Sustainable Business Development Sector, Dubai Chamber, noted the forum supports Dubai Chamber’s efforts to facilitate cooperation on sustainability and foster a culture of CSR within the business community.
The 5th edition of the forum provided valuable feedback which the Sustainability in Supply Chain Task Force, he said, adding that the task force would continue to work with public and private sector stakeholders to achieve their objectives.
Dubai Airports, in partnership with Samsung Electronics and AirportLabs has achieved another first in the region by rolling out an advanced cloud-based Flight Information Display solution along with System on Chip (SoC) display technology at Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports.
The upgrade is the result of an initiative undertaken by Dubai Airports in 2016 to adopt a cloud-based FIDS to replace a fragmented system across the facility and achieve flexible, environmentally-sound and cost-effective operations. By upgrading the system with Samsung’s SoC based displays, Dubai Airports team can now operate its new VisionAir FIDS software without external PCs – a consolidated approach that is already reducing both the airport’s electrical footprint and operational costs.
Commenting on the project, Michael Ibbitson, Executive Vice President of Technology & Infrastructure at Dubai Airports said, “As the world’s busiest international airport that is operating at nearly full capacity, we understand that the most efficient way to accommodate growth without physically expanding the infrastructure is by deploying smart technologies and enhancing processes. Information and communication are critical elements of airport operations and we are positive this new display system will go a long way in helping us deliver a smooth experience consistently for the millions of customers that pass through our airports each year.”
“By offering a single, dedicated platform for cloud based content management, FIDS solution boosts customer service with timely, efficient and visually impactful information delivery,” said Seog-gi Kim, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “We are thrilled to partner with Dubai Airports and we look forward to demonstrating how our Smart Signage displays and VisionAir FIDS solution can revolutionise communications and productivity within the transportation industry.”
Some of the advanced capabilities of the new system include the ability to run it from an internet browser without the need for any local software installation. It allows enabling of screen layouts and content for specific zones within the airport from a mobile device or from the control room. The system allows collaborative content management giving airlines, ground handlers or other airport service partners some level of control in managing different types of content such as branding, passenger advisory, as well as operational messaging, flight information and advertising. The system can also help reduce energy consumption through control of backlight.
“Bogdan Stănescu – CTO AirportLabs said “When we built VisionAir we saw it as a key building block for the next generation travel experience and so we are truly excited to be working with such a forward-thinking organisation as Dubai Airports to get closer to this vision. We are sure that our system coupled with Samsung’s SoC based displays will be a great contribution to the airport’s operational efficiency whilst at the same time ensuring that their passengers have a consistently seamless and rewarding experience.”
As part of the project a total of 2,700 display screens were also replaced across Terminal 3, Concourses A, B and C.
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Board of Directors held a meeting today at its headquarters where board members discussed strategic decisions, initiatives and efforts aimed at attracting foreign investment to the UAE and enhancing the competitiveness of Dubai’s private sector.
The meeting, chaired by Dubai Chamber Chairman H.E. Majid Saif Al Ghurair, focused on major initiatives which were recently announced by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, including the Dubai economic stimulus plans and the decisions to allow 100% foreign investment in the UAE and issue 10-year visas for foreign investors.
During the meeting, the board praised these efforts and described them as important developments that will strengthen Dubai’s appeal as a global business hub, and attract top talent, valuable expertise and innovative companies from around the world. Board members expressed their confidence in the UAE’s wise leadership and discussed new ways to facilitate public-private partnerships to stimulate economic growth.
The forward-looking vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed has elevated Dubai’s status as a global business and investment hub, the board explained, adding that the Dubai Plan 2021 and the UAE Centennial 2071 will pave the way for sustainable growth and a more diversified economy.
For his part, H.E. Al Ghurair expressed his gratitude for the continued support of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council. He noted that H.H. Sheikh Hamdan’s recent visit to the Chamber and his directives to accelerate the implementation of the newly-introduced initiatives reflect the government’s strong commitment to stimulating Dubai’s economic growth and enhancing the competitiveness of its business community.
“The Dubai Executive Council plays a crucial role in facilitating trade and commerce and promoting Dubai as an attractive business destination. Dubai Chamber’s strategic partnership with the Dubai Executive Council has enhanced our efforts to support the objectives of the Dubai Plan 2021 which aim to position the emirate as a preferred investment hub and world leader in ease of doing business,” said H.E. Al Ghurair.
Good times are here for hundreds of thousands of residents in Emirates Living, the family neighbourhood comprising Emaar’s pioneering master-planned communities, as The Spring Souk, a brand-new retail and leisure destination is now open.
Located in the heart of The Springs community, The Springs Souk brings convenient retail stores closer to residents in addition to leisure and wellness amenities. To feature about 100 retail and F&B outlets, The Springs Souk will soon open a new family entertainment concept and a 6-screen Reel Cinemas that will bring the latest blockbusters to the doorstep of the Emirates Living residents.
The Springs Souk is conveniently located to serve The Springs, The Meadows, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, The Views and The Greens communities of Emaar in addition to residents in the Barsha locality, who will now have all their desired retail choices under one roof.
With a gross leasable area of about 23,000 square metres, The Springs Souk has two levels of retail and leisure in addition to a full-fledged gymnasium and the Reel Cinemas on the first floor. There will also be a family clinic.
Carrefour Market is an anchor tenant bringing its inimitable supermarket experience for visitors, while an assortment of retail outlets awaits them offering all-desired shopping and F&B options in one destination. Several kiosks and pop-up stores offer more choices with brands and shopping experiences that are relevant to the customers.
Adding to the convenience of visitors, The Springs Souk has over 650 parking spaces as well as 95 bicycle racks. The Springs Souk is a brand-new addition by Emaar Malls, the shopping malls and retail business majority-owned by Emaar Properties.
Ramada Downtown Dubai was again recognised by Luxury Travel Guide (LTG) in its Africa and Middle East Awards 2018. The hotel was named as Luxury Business Apartments of the Year.
In 2017, the property was hailed as Luxury Boutique Hotel of the Year. The London-based LTG Awards highlight the best hotels and accommodation options in different regions. The recipients of the award are picked based on several criteria including service excellence, innovation, design, rooms and facilities, location, employee satisfaction.
Mark Fernando, general manager, Ramada Downtown Dubai, congratulated the team: “We are truly honoured to receive another distinction from LTG. With the hotel’s strategic location and proximity to the city’s financial hubs, Ramada Downtown Dubai proved to be an excellent choice for business travellers who are looking for a well-appointed accommodation, complemented by top-quality service.”
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