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Emirates Airline's inflight entertainment recognised for 13th consecutive year

posted on 22/06/2017

Emirates Airline has won World's Best Inflight Entertainment award for a record 13th year at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards 2017.

The airline also picked up the award for Best First Class Comfort Amenities.

The Skytrax World Airline Awards are considered a global benchmark of airline excellence. This year's results were decided by 19.8 million customers across 105 countries. The survey reviewed over 320 airlines from August 2016 to May 2017.

Emirates' inflight entertainment system, ice, was launched in 2003 and has continually led the industry since, winning best in class for 13 years running.

Today, ice features over 2,500 channels of entertainment, including the latest blockbuster movies, award-winning television box sets, live TV, music and computer games. Emirates' commitment to providing a superior inflight experience is anchored in continued product enhancement. In the last year, 28 per cent more entertainment has been added including more varied content giving customers more choices than ever.

New content on ice includes free expert-led LinkedIn Learning courses that cover topics such as leadership, general management, marketing, and creative lifestyle. Emirates has also added uTalk language courses to its learning zone on ice. The series of videos offer beginner lessons for travellers to pick up Arabic, German, French, Spanish or Italian during their flight.

Emirates has invested heavily in connectivity and Live TV on board – today 129 aircraft offer Live TV, including 16 A380s. Wi-Fi connectivity is available on 86 per cent of the fleet with more being upgraded each month. Emirates offers customers across all classes 20MB of free Wi-Fi and each month about 800,000 passengers connect while inflight.

Emirates clinched the Best First Class Comfort Amenities at this year's Skytrax awards following a recent product overhaul across all cabins aimed at enhancing comfort in the air. Among the new products introduced last year is a luxury spa range from award-winning Irish brand Voya. The skincare line was created exclusively for Emirates and is available in the signature A380 shower spa on board and in the First and Business Class washrooms.

Emirates has also partnered with luxury Italian brand Bulgari for its latest designs of the airline's exclusive kit bags. The new set of amenity kits for both First and Business Class feature Bulgari's woody floral fragrance – Eau Parfumee au the noir - and contain skincare essentials to keep customers feeling fresh and pampered throughout the flight.

In December, Emirates also introduced the world's first moisturising lounge wear in its First Class cabins. The suits use Hydra Active Microcapsule Technology which is designed to keep skin hydrated during the flight. They are accompanied by a plush, faux sheep-skin blanket in First Class for a comfortable night's sleep.

Emirates is the world's largest international airline, with an extensive network that has grown to offer its customers a choice of 156 destinations in 83 countries across six continents, with convenient connections through its hub in Dubai.


Dubai Airports anticipates heightened traffic during Eid with over 1.9m passengers expected to pass through DXB

posted on 22/06/2017

Dubai International, DXB, is lining up extra staff and an exciting array of activities, promotions and entertainment as part of its preparations for the Eid holiday rush.

With Eid coinciding with schools across the UAE closing for the summer, Dubai Airports is anticipating heightened traffic during the week with over 1.9 million passengers expected to pass through DXB.

The busiest day for departures will be Friday, 23rd June, with over 76,000 departing passengers while 30th June will be the busiest day for total traffic, departing, arriving and connecting, with over 262,000 customers.

Dubai Airports will augment staff levels and employ passenger flow monitoring technology that allows the airport, airlines and control authorities to detect and deploy staff to areas of high passenger concentration. Further, the airport's new smart gate service, which allows the use of Emirates ID cards upon arrival and departure, will reduce immigration transaction times to 10-15 seconds and alleviate congestion at immigration points.

"Due to the heavy passenger loads we want to remind passengers to give themselves a bit of extra time to get to and through the airport," said Anita Mehra, Senior Vice President of Communication and Reputation at Dubai Airports.


DP World wins awards for global sustainability and education programmes

posted on 22/06/2017

DP World has won Gold for Employee Engagement award at the International CSR Excellence Awards in London, in recognition of its Global Education initiative, and being named Sustainability Champion for its ‘Our World, Our Future' global sustainability programme.

‘Our World, Our Future' was launched in February 2016 to unite DP World's wide-ranging sustainability efforts and ensure maximum impact. Over the past year, it has reached all of DP World's 36,500 employees across six continents, establishing it as a leading responsible business.

The innovative Global Education Programme is being implemented across the world following a pilot study in early 2016. It involves employees delivering lessons in local schools to increase the knowledge of the industry in young people. The modules encourage children to consider a career in the maritime and trade industry, helping develop a future talent for a crucial sector.

The programme aims to reach 34,000 young people by 2020. To date, more than 200 employees have been involved, engaging over 5,500 students across 14 countries.

DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, said, "We are committed to being world leaders in sustainability, a key part of which means helping to develop young people in the communities where we operate, and I am delighted to have our efforts recognised. We know we can play a significant role in improving people's lives, strengthening their communities, and protecting their environment. We take this responsibility very seriously, and I look forward to building on what we've achieved and finding ways for us to continually do more."


Thuraya IP M2M Service launched to connect the Internet of Remote Things

posted on 22/06/2017

Thuraya Telecommunications Company today announced the launch of the Thuraya IP M2M Service to support high volume, high throughput machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The service is powered by Thuraya's real-time, two-way IP network with speeds of up to 444 Kbps, a state-of-the-art Remote Terminal Management (RTM) platform and the Thuraya IP+ terminal.

The new service extends the capabilities of Thuraya's successful IP+ terminal to support a wider range of M2M applications. It is designed for efficient communication between devices and for the control and consolidation of data from remote equipment. The service targets a number of sectors including oil and gas, utilities, renewable energy, banking and government.

The RTM platform provides a rich set of connectivity management features including usage monitoring, connection control, abnormal session management, geo-fencing, firewall management, usage traffic graphs and charts. It's device management features allow users to view a connected terminal's position, signal strength and current status. Users can also reboot and configure the terminal remotely.

Thuraya's acting Chief Commercial Officer, Rashid Baba, said, "The rise in IoT applications and M2M adoption has triggered an increase in demand among several sectors for higher throughput applications deployed over satellite. Some of these solutions include video- and image-capturing for surveillance and security, oil and gas real-time applications, smart-grid Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) recloser connectivity, and wind and solar farm monitoring. Thuraya IP M2M service addresses these requirements while taking operational efficiency for our customers to a whole new level by reducing the total cost of ownership and operation of their IoT apps and services."

Thuraya IP M2M service enhances Thuraya's M2M product range by addressing market requirements for bandwidth hungry M2M applications. It allows users to send bulk amounts of data per month, offering a scalable solution for high-volume SCADA connectivity, remote asset control, and other telemetry requirements.

Rashid Baba added, "Our announcement about joining the LoRa Alliance adds further momentum to Thuraya's M2M aspirations. We are expanding our services and solutions to areas such as rural IoT and M2M connectivity, cargo and shipping, smart agriculture, and smart metering. Thuraya IP M2M service is one of the key components of our exciting FUTURA capability plans, and positions us well to effectively address the market requirements."


Unearthing Sharjah's secrets of archaeology

posted on 22/06/2017

The role of archaeologists in revealing the mysteries of Sharjah's past is being celebrated at a year-long exhibition at Sharjah Archaeology Museum.

Opening this month, the Sharjah Archaeologists Exhibition provides visitors with a fascinating insight into how archaeologists go about excavating a site and documenting their finds. Displays reveal their scientific working methods, as well as the commonly used tools of the trade, including trowels, measuring instruments, and note books.

The exhibition is a tribute to a profession that has helped uncover the story of historical sites, including Mleiha, Sharjah's iconic ancient settlement. Even today, archaeologists are continuing to reveal aspects of ancient civilisations that are thousands of years old, including their culture and rituals, trade practices, social order, diet, and influence on pottery design, art and jewellery.

Manal Ataya, Director-General of Sharjah Museums Department, said, "We are delighted to open the Sharjah Archaeologists Exhibition and draw attention to a profession that has done so much to piece together Sharjah's ancient history.

She added, "Sharjah is proud to be home to Mleiha, one of the region's most important archaeological sites. Thanks to the incredible skills and dedication of teams of archaeologists, we have been able to paint a picture of the civilisations that lived and settled in this area over thousands of years."

"Visitors will gain a thorough insight into the working life of an archaeologist, as well as witnessing some of their most important finds from this area. We aim to inspire a new generation to be the historians and archaeologists of tomorrow and continue unravelling the UAE's rich history," she said.

The UAE's ancient history was largely undocumented until about 50 years ago when archaeologists began excavation works at key sites. The evidence they found indicates human activities taking place from some 125,000 years ago.

Visitors to the Sharjah Archaeologists Exhibition will learn how archaeologists look for evidence of objects left by humans of the past, including hunting tools, weapons, domestic items and jewels. They also seek to uncover such immovable objects as houses and tombs, and even the remains of plants and seeds.

The displays reveal the science behind excavating a site, how it is initially surveyed using photographs, maps and state of the art monitoring devices, how items are marked with identification cards that show the discovery date and location, along with information including its shape and material. The steps taken to protect delicate finds, especially human skeletons from thousands of years ago, are also revealed.

Part of the exhibition is dedicated to actual finds made in Sharjah. These include a Roman glass molded bowl that originated in Dibba in 100AD, and a number of gold beads that were dated back to Mleiha in the same period.


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