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DEWA uses drones to inspect PV panels atop its Sustainable Building

posted on 05/08/2015

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched its Sirb (Arabic for fleet) initiative to use drone technology for internal services, to support Dubai's infrastructure, and aid smart technologies in serving Dubai's residents.

The move supports the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, in achieving the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021 and making Dubai a smart, integrated, and connected city.

"We have launched the Sirb initiative to support the National Innovation Strategy, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to make the UAE one of the most innovative countries in the world within seven years. This will contribute to providing easier and more user-friendly services according to the highest international standards," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of DEWA.

DEWA has already started using the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to check on the photovoltaic (PV) panels atop its Sustainable Building in Al Quoz. UAVs save considerable time and effort as they completely scan the building's roof, which has an approximate area of 100,000 square feet, in less than 5 minutes and provide Ultra HD (4K) images with a resolution of over 20 mega pixels.

The Sustainable Building's rooftop hosts photovoltaic panels that produce 600 kW of electricity, and DEWA uses drones to monitor the cleaning activities by contractors, which are essential for the panels to function properly in a desert environment.

Drones are also used to inspect the water cooling process in evaporators, enabling DEWA to operate without fully shutting them down for maintenance. The company also uses drones to regularly review its projects and obtain progress reports by taking panoramic pictures. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


GITEX expands focus to diverse industry verticals

posted on 05/08/2015

With the potential global economic impact of Internet of Things-related technology and services anticipated to reach more than USD 11 trillion per year by 2025, developing economies such as those in the Middle East will contribute nearly half of the total value, according to a new report by the McKinsey Global Institute.

Consequently, the 35thedition of GITEX Technology Week 2015 - the leading ICT business gateway in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) - will target ICT professionals from six key regional industry verticals expected to lead sector-specific contributions to Internet of Everything investment over the next 10 years.

With nine of the Middle East's top 10 universities, 20 of the Arab World's largest banks, and the Middle East's top five largest oil companies all set to attend GITEX Technology Week 2015, the event's new, industry-focused GTX Communities initiative will extend the mega fair's appeal to ICT professionals working in oil & gas, education, healthcare, retail, banking and construction, according to event organisers.

"While the Internet of Things era is making strong headway in the Middle East, not all industry verticals are digitising at the same rate," said Trixie Loh Mirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). "In GTX Communities, GITEX Technology Week 2015 will provide a dedicated component for individuals and organisations from six, revenue-delivering verticals with the research, networking and tools to harness the latest innovations, disruptive technologies and emerging trends to fully digitise their business and succeed in the Internet of Things era."

Aligning with the event's theme of 'The Internet Future of Everything', the GTX Communities initiative includes dedicated TechVertical Conferences, Industry Roundtables for C-suite executives, the Smart Sessions Innovation Series, as well as a series of thought-leading white papers, articles, surveys and interviews with pioneering tech leaders on the event's website.

The content-rich initiative aims to deliver knowledge and value for professionals and companies exploring technology investment as immediate and long-term monetisation opportunities in six core sectors: Education - Improving learning outcomes through technology, such as with classroom mobile apps, social augmented reality, and game-based learning in projects.

Healthcare - Healthcare providers can learn how pervasive connectivity leads to better solutions, outcomes, and lower healthcare costs, while transforming the patient-doctor relationship.

Banking - Digital disruption and its impact on the future of banking, with focus areas including how social media and Big Data enhance customer service and engagement, new product development, payments and transfers, and risk management.

Retail - Agencies, brands, publishers, and retailers will examine innovations in shopping, customer engagement, advertising, and selling such as e-commerce, predictive analytics, and mobile retail.

Construction - Executives will hear how technology is enhancing project site efficiency, productivity and safety; transforming construction with 3D printing and drones; and delivering the next era of Smart Cities.

Oil and Gas - Oilfield operators can learn real-time technology integration can maximise exploration and production, and enable workers to access information and capture data using mobile apps. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


MBRF launches new series of ‘Book in Minutes’ highlighting successful leadership styles

posted on 05/08/2015

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) has introduced the new series in its ‘Book in Minutes' initiative that put the spotlight on leadership styles and the power of positive thinking.

Through ‘Book in Minutes,' an ambitious initiative that aims to strengthen the culture of reading, MBRF presents Arabic summaries of some of the latest international books that are relevant to the community. The new series that puts the focus on leadership styles also covers subjects such as enhancing the happiness of people, another key focus of the UAE leadership.

The first book, ‘A Team of Leaders - Empowering Every Member to Take Ownership, Demonstrate Initiative and Deliver Results' by Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff shows how to design systems that nurture the leadership potential of every employee, which is the key to creating high-performance teams. Among the techniques and principles discussed include: creating advantage through the Five Stage Team Development Model, the secrets of a great design, utilising great team processes, establishing a value creation model that connects team members with their contribution, managing knowledge for a competitive advantage and leveraging visual management tools to reinforce the desired team culture and outcomes.

The second book, Raising Happiness - 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter PhD discusses the importance of a happy childhood and its role in building children's personalities. The book discusses how a happy childhood enables individuals to achieve higher performance rates and greater harmony in inter-personal relationships. It also underlines the how the feeling of happiness expands horizons of thought and enables one to overcome difficulties. The book provides steps that can be followed by parents to promote the happiness in the hearts of their children.

The third book, Rethinking Positive Thinking - Inside the New Science of Motivation by Gabriele Oettingen discusses the motivation tools that lead to the success of individuals in their lives and enable them to achieve their goals. The book highlights the power of optimism in encouraging people to work and think positively. It also explains the bright side of dreams, the types of optimism and practical guidance on how to turn one's dreams into reality.

In his opening note on the new series of ‘Book in Minutes', Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said, "Human beings are influenced by his environment – both work and family. It is important to nurture these environments and provide the right tenets that will help build the next generation of leaders while promoting a culture of innovation, excellence and creativity. Positive and inspiring work and family environments, in turn, lead to the happiness of the community." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Maraya Art Centre partnering with Art Jameel to support upcoming photographers

posted on 05/08/2015

Maraya Art Centre has joined up with Art Jameel in support of the 6th 'Art Jameel Photography Award' (AJPA). Acting as Art Jameel's UAE partner, Maraya Art Centre will work continuously over the next few months to extensively promote the award. This endeavour will culminate in the centre hosting a two-week exhibition in February 2016, showcasing the works of the AJPA's winning photographers.

Maraya Art Centre Director, Giuseppe Moscatello, said, "We at Maraya are thrilled to be supporting the 6th 'Art Jameel Photography Award'. At the centre, we believe that partnering with regional initiatives and awards is a vital part of engaging the local and regional community and supporting and developing the next generation of our photographers."

Along with hosting the exhibition and promoting the award, Maraya Art Centre will also offer a series of photography workshops for competition entrants. Dubai based photographer and Children's book author, Alia Al Shamsi will lead the first workshop at the centre in September, which will focus on assisting conceptual development from an idea to a completed project. There will also be a second workshop in October, led by esteemed photographer Reem Saeed.

This partnership between Maraya and Art Jameel is in support of the award's drive to discover talented photographers, support them in the development of their practice and, finally, offer a space for the most exceptional work produced to be exhibited.

Speaking on the importance of the award, Art Jameel Programme Manager, Dalya Mousa, said, "The AJPA provides a wonderful opportunity for photographers of all levels to expand their craft and, if selected, to have their work promoted across the media, both regionally and internationally."

The AJPA, which is now open for submissions from anyone over the age of 18 residing in the Gulf region, will close on 31st October 2015. The award will culminate in a lavish ceremony on 10 December 2015, where the winners will be announced.

Being recognised in these awards will be an important step in the development of any artist's career. Along with practical support, the chance to secure a residency and media exposure, winners will be given a cash prize, with the total amount being offered adding up to SR 80,000.

The theme of this year's competition is 'Transitions' and is encouraging participants to examine and reflect on how today's society is changing. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Campaign at Modhesh World urges visitors to help design alphabet book for kids

posted on 05/08/2015

Visitors to the Dubai Cares stand at Modhesh World can help support children in developing countries by designing alphabet books.

Following a successful community outreach activity at The Dubai Mall during the holy month of Ramadan, Dubai Cares has unveiled its second programme as part of its 'We Can Teach Each Other' campaign.

The campaign urges Modhesh World visitors to turn their fun-filled outing into a selfless act, by asking them to colour alphabets and make a donation in interactive boxes.

The donations and ABC books will give children in developing countries access to education. The books will be created in English, French and Arabic.

Thanking the UAE community for their support and generosity, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares, said education empowerment is one of the top priorities for private individuals and organisations alike.

"This year, the UAE community selflessly donated their time and money towards promoting our programmes and also helped us create the ABC book."

Dubai Cares' We Can Teach Each Other campaign looks at children from the developing world who, irrespective of the vulnerable conditions they are growing up in, have developed skills in crafting, engineering and designing. – Khaleej Times -


Fujairah Crown Prince supports national athlete participating in Ironman U.S. Championship

posted on 05/08/2015

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah, affirmed his support to Mohsen Al-Ali who is participating in the Ironman U.S. Championship.

Sheikh Mohammed urged Al-Ali when he received him yesterday to exert all efforts in order to win the Championship.

Al-Ali thanked Sheikh Mohammed for supporting sports and athletes.

An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organised by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai and Australian anti-narcotics forces nab heroin smugglers off international waters

posted on 05/08/2015

In a joint operation code-named 'The Golden Beach', the Dubai Police and the Australian Federal Police have foiled an attempt to smuggle 145kg of heroin with street value of more than Dh10 million in the international waters off the African coast.

A crew of 16 Asian sailors were also arrested.

Major General Khamis Matar Al Muzaina, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, told the media yesterday that the Dubai Police's anti-narcotics department had received information about a wooden ship, called Taj carrying 145kg of illegal drugs, sailing towards the African coast from an Asian country.

He said a taskforce was set up to co-ordinate contacts with the Royal Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean. The joint team intercepted the ship in international waters off Tanzania and seized the drugs, which was hidden in the engine chamber.

'Operation Golden Beach is the latest addition to a record of international operations that Dubai Police have conducted including the Shark in 2011, Fontino in 2012, Indian Ocean in 2013 and Ocean Coast in 2014,' he added.

Maj. Gen. Al Muzaina said that the anti-narcotics department had been involved in 84 international drug cases in 2013, foiling attempts to smuggle 8,425kg of drugs. In 2014, the department helped solve 114 international cases involving 7,202kg of drugs, he said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -