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Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to US$5 billion by 2020

posted on 29/06/2015

Theme parks in Dubai are set to generate close to US$5 billion by 2020 as the country aims to welcome close to 25 million tourists during that phase, according to organisers of Dubai Entertainment, Amusement and Leisure show (DEAL Show), the largest platform for the theme parks and amusement industry in the Middle East and Africa region.
'Theme park industry is scaling the growth trajectory in the UAE,' said Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, Chairman, IEC and organiser of the DEAL Show. He further stated that the country is set to attract multibillion dollar revenues by 2017 through this sector.
"Entertainment and leisure projects within the UAE and across GCC have boosted the confidence of the amusement and leisure industry manifold. UAE is experiencing this exponential growth because of its quality infrastructure and growing tourism and retail industry sectors. Another key factor is that Dubai is also becoming the MICE capital of the world due to the yearlong calendar of trade events. This also brings in considerable amount of footfall as families merge business with leisure activities and that further propels the theme park industry", said Falaknaz.
Millions of tourists are set to flock theme parks in Dubai that are slated to open by the end of 2016. This is good news for amusement operators as they stand a chance to innovate and take the theme park industry to the next level apart from attracting more tourists.
"The leisure and attractions industry in this region is in a very good stage compared to other global markets. Several projects in this region are at different stages of development which should take shape in the next 2 years. As pioneers of this industry within GCC, we have a unique product which has worked successfully for nearly two decades – our biggest USP is that we have an original concept which appeals to the locals and GCC visitors, expat residents and international tourists," Ahmad Hussain bin Essa, Chief Operating Officer, Global Village.
The GCC is set to witness a boom in tourism as new projects and developments are being planned and in the execution phase to usher in more tourists than ever before. One of the examples include Oman's biggest indoor theme park - Majarat Oman which will be able to accommodate 2,500 to 3,000 visitors a day.
"The theme park industry in GCC is growing by leaps and bounds as more developments are taking place with a dedicated leisure and entertainment offering. Customers do visit the indoor theme parks more frequently as compared to the outdoor parks. The operators have revolutionised the industry by ensuring the best safety standards are adhered to and by offering more value to their customers. The industry in GCC emphasises more on the rides and attractions mix as compared to the redemption and novelty games and merchandise offered by the operators across the world," said Mr Mohammad Attia, GM, GCC - Al-Othaim Leisure.
Exhibitors at the DEAL 2015 show have signed contracts worth over Dh1.2 billion. The DEAL show grew by 35 percent over the previous year, as exhibitors signed contracts for innovative products and projects, amusement rides and other equipment. This was another industry growth indicator.
"DEAL 2016 will now have an exclusive amusement operators pavilion within the show dedicated to theme park ideas, concepts and solution across all aspects of the theme park experience. It's a holistic approach that we are adopting with this new pavilion. It would be an exciting period for the amusement operators as the industry aims to provide them with umpteen benefits to establish themselves in these parts of the world", said Mr Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282604392.html

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Innovative Masdar Institute and MIT Research targets UAE Cyber Infrastructure Security Challenges

posted on 29/06/2015

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology has recently launched a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to advance cyber security research in the UAE.
The ultimate objective of the study is to ensure better cyber security on critical infrastructure sites in the UAE and globally by using an innovative approach to assess potential vulnerabilities against cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure. Using Abu Dhabi's power system as a case study, the research will undertake a multi-layered methodology, which will ensure the development of a knowledge map of the power system and its shortcomings.
Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, said, "Through Masdar Institute's ongoing research efforts, greater emphasis is being placed on the protection of critical infrastructure sites by enhancing cyber security. This project will help to develop the Institute into a knowledge centre for cyber security in the UAE and promote Masdar Institute and its Institute Centre for Smart and Sustainable Systems (iSmart) as a leader in cyber security research. The collaboration with MIT will also help to identify competency gaps, generate critical mass between the faculty and develop human capital in the niche area of cyber security."
The collaboration will see Masdar Institute and MIT undertake research involving Abu Dhabi's power system and will focus on using a novel and comprehensive approach to identify and assess the different sources of cyber gaps in a critical infrastructure system. The research will also investigate the significance of each of these challenges to the integrity of the physical system. This collaboration is a project of the MIT Technology and Development Program.
The principal investigators of the project are Dr. Sameh El Khatib, Assistant Professor in the Masdar Institute Department of Engineering Systems and Management and member of iSmart, and Dr. Nazli Choucri, Professor of Political Science at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and Principal Investigator and Director of the MIT/Harvard initiative in Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR).
"Our research aims to contribute to the development of cyber security as an emerging field of scientific inquiry. To date, there have been few robust scientific investigations that provide comprehensive evidence on the sources and consequences of cyber security. The overarching goal of the project is to analyse and define the science behind cyber security in an effort to provide substantial and concrete scientific data related to the weaknesses of critical infrastructure and how to better protect them," said Dr. El Khatib.
The project is due to run for two years. At the end of this two year period, it is hoped that data from the comprehensive analysis of Abu Dhabi's power system could be compared against data from the projects running concurrently in New York and Singapore to develop a comprehensive knowledge map, capable of being applied to critical infrastructure worldwide. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282584853.html

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Al Maktoum International celebrates its fifth anniversary

posted on 29/06/2015

Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday having firmly established itself among the top 20 busiest international cargo hubs and a growing reputation as an efficient and convenient passenger airport.
When DWC opened on 27 June 2010, Dubai Airports outlined an ambitious plan to ultimately create the world's biggest and most advanced airport. Five years on it has taken significant strides towards attaining that goal.
The airport managed 89,729 tonnes of cargo in the first full year of operations in 2011, surging to 824,932 tonnes for the full year 2014, representing a compounded annual growth rate of 276 per cent. Driving cargo growth at the airport was the decision in May last year to relocate all dedicated cargo operators from Dubai International to Al Maktoum International, including Emirates SkyCargo, which opened a new state-of-the-art facility at Dubai's second airport.
Al Maktoum International already has a capacity of more than 1-million tonnes of cargo, with the aim of expanding this to an ultimate capacity of 16 million tonnes over the next two decades.
Passenger numbers have also grown since the opening of the passenger terminal on October 27, 2013 with more than 800,000 passengers using the facility during 2014. The airport proved its tremendous potential during an 80-day period in 2014 when Dubai International was reduced to one-runway operations. During that period, DWC handled 600 flights per week and garnered positive feedback from customers thanks to its compact nature, efficiency and convenience.
Given recent growth projections coupled with the fact that capacity at Dubai International is expected to max out at 100 million passengers, Dubai Airports recently announced plans to expand the passenger terminal to a capacity of 26 million passengers. Construction is expected to begin next year with completion slated for 2017.
Beyond the existing facilities, a $32bn expansion to create the world's biggest airport was announced last year. Once complete the new facility will be able to accommodate 240 million passengers, will have five runways, four plus-shaped concourses and parking for more than 400 aircraft.
"To see Sheikh Rashid's vision of creating an international hub at Al Maktoum International mature into a major regional hub is tremendously gratifying. This is an achievement worth celebrating as well as an ideal moment to look forward and grasp the opportunity to cement the airport's position as the world's leading airport," said H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports.
Aside from the robust growth, the first five years have been punctuated with a number of interesting firsts. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282584809.html

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Abu Dhabi Airports begins its annual ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign

posted on 29/06/2015

Abu Dhabi Airports has launched its ‘Beat the Heat' summer heat awareness campaign for 2015, spanning the 4 months from June to September, aimed at presenting a comprehensive set of informative guidelines and training sessions on how to safely manage the high temperatures expected during the summer.
The intensive campaign, delivered by the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies, GCAS, the training arm for Abu Dhabi Airports, includes training sessions held at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Al Bateen Executive Airport, to train employees working outdoors on how to work safely in extreme weather conditions.
Specific materials have been developed in English, Arabic, Urdu, and Hindi, and distributed via a range of channels. This will enable supervisors and workers to understand the risks associated with heat stress, to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses, and to take the necessary precautions and control measures to prevent any incidents. Heat relieving gear was also distributed to all participants.
In coordination with Environment, Health and Safety team at Abu Dhabi Airports, GCAS also delivered Train-the-Trainer sessions for potential instructors in different departments of services and contractors to further deliver teaching segments and awareness activities for other participants. The sessions also covered best practices to control heat stress during Ramadan on construction sites. Safety bulletins on mandatory health and safety requirements were issued to all project contractors.
Ahmad Al Haddabi, Chief Operations Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, commented, "The multi-faceted campaign demonstrates Abu Dhabi Airports' commitment to providing a healthy and safe workplace for employees, suppliers and subcontractors. Our human capital is our greatest asset and we will continue to put their health and wellbeing first by ensuring we operate in line with optimum safety and security standards."
As part of the campaign, employees are urged to follow their training in controlling heat stress by taking more breaks in extreme heat and humidity, drinking water frequently, approximately 1 cup every 15-30 minutes to avoid dehydration, monitoring their physical condition and that of their co-workers, and wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting, breathable clothing (e.g., cotton).
The campaign was initially launched in May 2012 in line with the Abu Dhabi EHSMS regulatory framework, the ‘Working in Heat Codes of Practice' and Abu Dhabi Airports' internal policies and procedures. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282582722.html

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Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Nagoya to begin Pacific crossing

posted on 29/06/2015

The team behind Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered plane trying to circumnavigate the world, breathed a sigh of relief on Monday night after the aircraft took to the skies, bound for Hawaii.
On June 1, while trying to fly across the Pacific from Nanjing in China to Hawaii, co-pilot Andre Borschberg was forced to land in Nagoya, Japan, after hitting a storm front.
The Pacific crossing of 8,172 kilometres, the plane's seventh leg, was to have been the world's longest solar flight, in distance and duration.
But despite the setback, a new record was made.
On June 25, co-pilot Bertrand Piccard told Tribune de Genève that the plane had only a short window of time in which to continue on its journey. If that window closed, it would have to spend the winter in a hangar.
Mr Piccard said that by early August the days would be too short for the solar-driven plane to cross the Pacific, and then the Atlantic Ocean, safely.
After making its unscheduled landing, the aircraft's wings were damaged by wind and rain, issues that were promptly fixed.
An earlier attempt to continue the journey, on June 24, was dropped because of the weather.
Mr Borschberg, who flew for 44 hours on his way to Nagoya, again took control of the plane as it flew out of Japan about 10pm UAE time.
The Masdar-sponsored plane began its journey from Abu Dhabi on March 9. – The National - http://www.thenational.ae/uae/solar-impulse-2-takes-off-from-nagoya-to-begin-pacific-crossing

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GAC, Guinea sign four agreements on infrastructure development projects in the region of Boke

posted on 29/06/2015

Guinea Alumina Corporation SA (GAC), a mining development company wholly owned by Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA), signed a series of four agreements in Paris, France, with the Government of the Republic of Guinea (GoG) – the latter represented by the Ministry of Mines and Geology and the National Agency for Development of Mining Infrastructures (ANAIM).
Also present and party to the agreements were Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG) and Compagnie de Bauxite et Alumina de Dian-Dian (COBAD).
The four agreements comprised: Multi-User Operations Agreement covering the access conditions and joint investment in the railway; A Port Operations Agreement covering the modalities of operation and investment in the Port of Kamsar; An Infrastructures Agreement covering GAC's access rights to the existing infrastructures; and A Port Agreement (now referred to as the Bulk Materials Dock Agreement), covering the modalities of development of GAC's Bauxite and Alumina Terminal.
The signed agreements relate to the access granted to GAC to the port and rail infrastructure owned by the GoG through ANAIM in the region of Boke and put under concession to CBG; and to the development of "additional infrastructure" in the region of Boke, to support the expansion of GAC's mining activities. The work will be carried out by the parties to the respective agreements.
Speaking at the contract signing, Kerfalla Yansane, Minister of State for Mines and Geology of the Republic of Guinea, said, "The Government of the Republic of Guinea is pleased to see that, despite the difficulties of this initiative – a first in Africa, and involving multiple stakeholders – we have been able to overcome all the challenges to achieve a result that augurs future success. Now that this crucial step is taken, I invite all stakeholders to get down to business and work towards the realisation of their projects."
Masoud Talib Al Ali, Executive Vice President of Supply, who represented EGA at the contract signing, commented, "This is an important achievement, enabling EGA to secure key upstream capacity to improve security of supply and strengthen our position in the aluminium industry. These agreements further underpin our commitments with our key partners, CBG and the Government of Guinea, to the development of key Guinean and UAE-based industrial complexes."
In turn, Abdulla J M Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said, "We welcome the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Guinea and all parties who have contributed to achieving this milestone in the development of our project in Guinea. We strongly hope that the spirit of cooperation that allowed us to reach this goal will perpetuate, so that GAC can overcome any other challenges we may face in the months and years ahead – ultimately making our common dream a tangible reality." – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282584765.html

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Mohammed bin Zayed fund spent over US$1.5 million on endangered species

posted on 29/06/2015

The Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MZSCF) has spent more than US$1.5million last year, saving threatened, endangered or nearly extinct species around the world.
Established by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces in 2009, MZSCF has just released its 2014 annual report, a year that also marked its fifth anniversary of yearly conservation grants giving.
"Over the past five years the fund has supported 1,200 projects across 150 countries – 185 projects in 70 nations in the last year alone,” said Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, managing director of MZSCF.
All these 1,200 projects in the last five years summed up to US$12 million. Every year, the fund gives away two types of relatively small grants, either up to US$5,000 or for larger conservation projects, between US$5,000 and US$ 25,000.
"Mega grants, though important, cannot achieve what individual species grants can. Our targeted grants support a specific solution in a certain location, develop a network of people on the ground who can respond quickly to emergencies and local issues and both built and support a community of conservationists in biodiversity hot spots,” pointed out Al Mubarak.
Among the grants disbursed by the fund last year US$12,500 was for research and conservation of a rare, thought to be extinct dragonfly in Fujairah's Wadi Wurayah; US$5000 was offered to help India's fishing cat, an endangered wild cat, that lives in wetlands and feeds on freshwater fish; US$15,000 was given to secure the survival of the last wild populations of Australia's rarest desert fish, the red-finned blue eye fish; US$12,000 was offered to save another critically endangered species, the Siamese crocodile, native of Areng river in Cambodia; and US$15,000 was given to ensure the survival of Coccothrinax jimenezii, an extremely rare palm tree, with only 43 trees remaining in Haiti and 18 in Dominican Republic.
Urothemis thomasi, Fujairah's rare dragonfly, was about to be declared extinct, when suddenly re-discovered in Wadi Wurayah.
"We went into the wadi and took lots of photographs and collected lots of exuviae, which is the husk, the larvae case of the dragonfly, and I collected this funny exuvia. It was big, without any spines and I couldn't work it out,” recollected David Chelmick, president of the British Odonatological Society, who was researching dragonflies in Wadi Wurayah.
"I then sent it to all sorts of people and all sorts of people wrote back and said they had no idea either. Eventually I sent it to a friend of mine in Germany and he worked out it was an exuvia from an Urothemis species and therefore it must be Urothemis thomasi. How about that! It was wonderful!”
Emirates Wildlife Society is now using MZSCF's funds to ensure the reappearance of this colourful, agile and fragile 300 years old dragonfly, thought to be extinct, is not just a one time encounter.
Altogether, MZSCF received funding requests totalling US$23.5 million in 2014, but was only able to distribute US$1,553,475.
To cope with the high demands, the criteria for funding was much more stringent last year with only 12.2 percent of applications being successful and even the ones on top of the list only receiving partial funding. – Khaleej Times -http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2015/June/nationgeneral_June251.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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Marawah marine biosphere reserve is protected and preserved

posted on 29/06/2015

MIRFA: On most days, the few wooden cabins that line the white sandy beach of Salaha island – one of dozens that make up the Marawah Marine Biosphere Reserve – are empty.
The last permanent resident, an old woman, moved to Mirfa on the mainland three years ago. But on weekends the island comes to life with the return of Emirati families, descendants of the people who once lived off the area's bountiful fish.
"Until March, people come here for weekends and on vacations,” said Eid Al Romaithi, as he navigated a speedboat across the clear, shallow waters.
Casual visitors are not allowed in the reserve. Exceptions are made for descendants of the former population, who can visit their ancestral homes.
In the reserve's core area around the island of Bu Tinah, only scientists and rangers from the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, or Ead, have access.
Mr Al Romaithi, 39, who lives in Abu Dhabi, was on his way to Marawah Island, where he can trace his family's history back generations.
"Our kids got used to coming to this island, so when it is vacation or the weekend they do not want to go to the mall or the city, they like to come here,” the father of four said.
His family also has the right to fish in designated areas. An adept fishermen, Mr Al Romaithi picks up new methods through television and YouTube clips.
He also uses traditional equipment such as sikar or sakkar – nets placed in shallow water during low tide along permanent wooden posts, trapping fish as the tide gets higher.
As the boat passes Ganana Island, Mr Al Romaithi points to an area where this technique could be used.
The water is shallow and the sandy seabed is interspersed with small algae-covered rocks that provide food and shelter for fish.
No one has ever lived on Ganana but in the past, Marawah residents would occasionally sail there to camp and fish, Mr Al Romaithi said. If they needed help in pulling their nets, they would light a fire on the beach, signalling for Salaha's residents to join in.
It is the area's marine riches that prompted Ead to declare it protected in 2001, said Ashraf Al Cibahy, manager of marine protected areas.
"Human interference in the coastal and marine area is still minimal compared to other areas,” Mr Al Cibahy said.
The water's depth also shapes many topographical features such as small islands, shallow areas that emerge during low tide, and deep areas reaching up to 25 metres, Mr Al Cibahy said.
Seagrass beds, corals, mangroves, salt flats and sandy beaches allow different creatures to thrive.
Mr Al Romaithi's family home on Marawah is spacious and includes a Majlis, large sleeping quarters, servants' quarters, a kitchen, and a children's play area with slides and swings. He has also kept the small wooden house his father built in the mid-1960s.
"In the winter, we clean it and we stay inside,” he said.
Mr Al Romaithi has other reasons to visit the area. He is the site manager of Ead's station in Mirfa. It is the reserve's protected status that ensures its marine riches, and the heritage of the local people lives on, he said.
"Twenty years ago any boat could go and fish, even people with no knowledge,” he said. "Now there are rules and special permits for everything.” – The National -http://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/marawah-marine-biosphere-reserve-is-protected-and-preserved

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DWTC to host 28 new trade events in 2015

posted on 29/06/2015

Dubai World Trade Centre will host more than 28 new commercial events in 2015. The events include international conferences and global meetings, as well as commercial exhibitions in various economic sectors like health care, arts, jewellery, engineering, air traffic control and information technology. The number is liable to increase, particularly because some economic events are pending until the signing of some agreements.
Ahmad Al Khaja, Senior Vice President at DWTC, said that he is optimistic that 2015 will be the strongest year for the centre in terms of events. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://gulfnews.com/business/economy/dwtc-to-host-28-new-trade-events-in-2015-1.1542178

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UAE ideal for digital businesses: Cisco

posted on 29/06/2015

The growing demand for mobile devices, video, and social networking is set to drive the number of Internet users in the Middle East and Africa to 425 million by 2019, accounting for 27 per cent of the regional population, Cisco said on Sunday.
In Middle East and Africa, IP traffic will grow six-fold by 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 44 per cent, and the UAE, which has one of the highest Internet penetration rates in the region, is ideally-placed to advance digital businesses and society, the US network infrastructure specialist said.
Social networking will be the most highly-penetrated residential Internet service in the Middle East and Africa, with 176 million users, or used by 81 per cent of total residential Internet users.
According to Cisco, factors expected to drive traffic growth include global increases in Internet users, personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections, faster broadband speeds, and the adoption of advanced video services.
"By 2019 there will be nearly 3.9 billion global Internet users [more than 51 per cent of the world's population], up from 2.8 billion in 2014,” according to the 10th annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast 2015. In 2014, there were 2.8 billion Internet users, or 39 per cent of the world's population of 7.2 billion.
Across the world, Internet traffic will grow 6.8-fold from 2014 to 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 47 per cent. There will be 2.1 billion networked devices in 2019, up from 1.4 billion in 2014. About 78 per cent of all networked devices will be mobile-connected in 2019, Cisco said.
Fady Younes, head of service providers at Cisco UAE, said as consumers, businesses and societies in the UAE head towards the digital era with the Internet of Everything gaining momentum, VNI is even more relevant now in its 10th year than it was in its first.
"For our customers and the industry ecosystem as a whole, we look forward to continuing to report on these trends, the challenges they bring, and the immense opportunities ahead. We are entering into a very dynamic technological era and the rapid increase in connected devices will benefit a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, utilities, government, healthcare, sports and entertainment, education, in terms of increased efficiency, reduced costs, and, most important, improvement of the lives of citizens.”
In Middle East and Africa, TVs accounted for two per cent of total Internet traffic in 2014, and will be two per cent of total Internet traffic in 2019.
Globally, the average fixed broadband speed will increase two-fold from 20.3 Mbps in 2014 to 42.5 Mbps in 2019. Year-over-year, the average global fixed broadband speed grew 26 per cent from 16 Mbps in 2013 to 20.3 Mbps in 2014. From a regional perspective, Western Europe and the Asia-Pacific continue to lead the world in fixed broadband network speeds.
Tablets will account for four per cent (93.1 million) of all networked devices in the world in 2019, compared to two per cent (24.7 million) in 2014. Smartphones will account for 31 per cent (652 million) of all networked devices in 2019, compared to 14 per cent (196.6 million) in 2014. Connected TVs will account for three per cent (69.4 million) of all networked devices in 2019, compared to two per cent (23.8 million) in 2014, while non-Smartphones will account for 38.3 per cent (818.9 million) of all networked devices in 2019, compared to 68 per cent (943.6 million) in 2014.
"With 24 billion networked devices/connections expected online by 2019, compared with 14 billion in 2014, service provider networks must adapt to an influx of sophisticated devices. These devices include tablets, smartphones, and Internet-enabled ultra-high definition TVs, as well as M2M connections and wearables [including new smart watches and health monitors],” Cisco said.
"By 2019, more than 14 per cent of monthly IP traffic will derive from cellular connections, and 53 per cent of monthly IP traffic will come from Wi-Fi connections globally, making differentiated and magnetisable mobile strategies more important for all service providers. The Internet of Everything trend is showing tangible growth as M2M connections will more than triple over the next five years [growing to 10.5 billion by 2019]. There will be significant IoE adoption across many business verticals as well as connected home deployments,” Cisco said in its report. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/uaebusiness/2015/June/uaebusiness_June232.xml§ion=uaebusiness

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Empower Command Control Centre goes live

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Empower, the world's largest district cooling services provider, has announced that its state-of-the-art, world-class Command Control Centre (CCC) has started monitoring the activities of 26 of its 62 plants, through an advanced, high-performance smart network.
The new centre has capacity to serve 74 additional plants in the future. This was announced at the official inauguration of the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), and chairman of Empower. He was accompanied by Ahmad bin Shafar, Empower's CEO, as well as other officials from Dewa and Empower.
"This is a major step in Dubai's march towards conservation by providing environmental friendly and more efficient district cooling services, as part of the implementation of the ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development' initiative launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai,” said Al Tayer, after the opening ceremony.
Al Tayer added that Empower has become the world's largest district cooling services provider. He explained that through the services of this centre a large segment of consumers of district cooling in Dubai will receive more efficient and sustainable services. The centre also ensures high-performance control as it adopts precise and highly advanced measurement systems. This first of its kind investment will provide multi-level measurement tools to track and manage different aspects of district cooling.
Empower said the smart connectivity of its plants through this centre was being powered by the communications infrastructure of Dubai. It is currently monitoring 350 buildings, reflecting 10,000 individual single unit meters, and could add around 650 more buildings, and around 90,000 more individual unit meters.
"Empower's Command Control Centre is providing a holistic smart monitoring of all the operations of Empower plants in Dubai to ensure smooth, reliable and sustainable district cooling services across the emirate,” said Ahmad bin Shafar. "The technologies used by the centre enable Empower to monitor all the operations of its plants that have a total production capacity of over 1 million Refrigeration Tons (RT).”
He added that the advanced technologies and systems used by the centre provide real time access to information, define supply and consumption patterns in each building unit through a click of a button, in line with Dubai Government's vision of making Dubai a unique smart city in the world. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/biz/inside.asp?xfile=/data/uaebusiness/2015/June/uaebusiness_June235.xml§ion=uaebusiness

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RTA, UAE Exchange sign agreement on Dubai Metro Stations Naming Rights project

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Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority, RTA, has inked an agreement with UAE Exchange, whereby the latter has joined the Dubai Metro Stations Naming Rights project, and is now entitled to rebrand the Jebel Ali Metro Station on the Red Line.
The company has, as a result, become an integral part of the revamping process driven by the RTA, which has effectively contributed to transforming the concept of cooperation between partners into an advanced level of integration and comprehensive partnership in the concept of branding.
Abdullah Yousef, CEO of the RTA's Rail Agency, and UAE Exchange's President, Y. Sudhir Kumar Shetty, signed the agreement in the presence of a host of officials from both parties.
Commenting on the signing, Mr Yousef said, "Having UAE Exchange on board is a further testament to the success of the naming rights initiative, which has evolved into a source of attraction to mega-businesses in the UAE. It also reflects the rising awareness of the community of national and international branding and the need to work on investment opportunities opened for those brands that will contribute to uplifting the metro services in a creative and distinctive style."
"The Metro has been shaped into a creditable icon of the success of mass transit systems in the emirate, and we take the pride in re-naming Jebel Ali Station as UAE Exchange Station," said Y. Sudhir Kumar Shetty.
He expressed his delight with the partnership with the RTA in this project, which he said echoes the vision of the prudent leadership of the UAE and the importance attached to cooperation between public and private entities towards serving the interest of the community and individuals. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
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GCC members to unify metrology, standardisation systems

posted on 29/06/2015

The head of the Emirates Authority For Standardisation & Metrology, Esma, said that members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are planning to introduce unified metrology and standardisation systems in a bid to receive international recognition for their services, help in removing barriers to trade and boosting national economies.
Abdullah Al Maeni, Director-General of the Esma, said joint Gulf metrological committees, during recent meetings in Dubai, decided to participate in comparisons between measurements conducted by the GCC national metrology institutes and measurements conducted by the European Association of National Metrology (Euramet).
Comparisons of standards of pressures and mass measurement are already being conducted in coordination with the National Metrology Institute of Turkey, a member of EMS and a participant in the activities of the Gulf Association for Metrology (Gulfmet).
Dubai recently hosted a five-day meeting of Gulfmet, the new regional metrology organisation established under the auspices of GCC Standardisation Organisation (GSO), bringing together national metrology institutes of the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait as well as Yemen. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/arab/1395282585053.html

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Abdullah bin Zayed presides over meeting of Emirates Foundation's Board of Directors

posted on 29/06/2015

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of Emirates Foundation, presided over the annual meeting of the Board of Directors of Emirates Foundation.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Dhiyab bin Mohamed Al Nahyan, Board Member of the Emirates Foundation, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Managing Director of the Emirates Foundation and Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, as well as other board members. The meeting focused on the progress and achievements of all Emirates Foundation's programmes this year.
The other participants in the meeting were Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Health, Obaid Al Hairi Salem Al Ketbi, Board Member of Emirates Foundation, Mohammad Hassan Omran Al Shamsi, Board Member of Emirates Foundation, Mohamed Hamed Ghanim Al Mehairi, Board Member of Emirates Foundation, Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey, Board Member of Emirates Foundation, Muna Al Gurg, Board Member of Emirates Foundation and Reem Yousef Al Shammari, Director – Strategic Communications Affairs at Executive Affairs Authority.
The board members highlighted Takatof's recent engagement of 400 youths at EXPO Milano in Italy and this year's Think Science Fair, which attracted 10,000 visitors and engaged with more than 1,400 youths. The meeting also noted the Sharjah Volunteer Award which was won by the Foundation's SANID Volunteering programmes, the progress in embedding financial literacy into the UAE national school curriculum and the launch of the second edition of the Emirates Award for Arabian Gulf Youth which engages youths from across the GCC in developing ideas for social enterprises.
Speaking at the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah stressed the importance of creating a sustainable social impact that can deliver positive and permanent outcomes for young people in the UAE.
He said, "Our venture philanthropy model, which involves incubation, piloting, scaling up and then spinning off of programmes, is proving very successful and we have a lot to be proud of. Our focus and business based approach whereby we are essentially creating social enterprises, is really bearing fruit, but there is still a lot to be done.
"Our mission is to guide, inspire and empower the UAE youth and our work is about ensuring that each one of our programmes is delivering a high impact, is run effectively and is cost effective. We have a proven model and various ways of supporting young people but we still need to scale up so that all young people in the UAE have access to guidance.
"As we continue to build long-term financially sustainable programmes, we hope to significantly improve the scale of our impact."
Sheikh Abdullah also praised the private sector for the "generous support they have provided to Emirates Foundation's programmes."
"I would like to thank everyone who has supported us to date and I look forward to seeing many more private sector companies offering their support in the future, to help us realise our vision of supporting and empowering youth," he added.
Emirates Foundation was launched in April 2005 as an integrated national initiative that seeks to invest in UAE youth through a strategy that uses the model of venture philanthropy to develop nationwide programmes that aim to impact the lives of UAE youth positively and permanently in a manner that is both measurable and sustainable. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282578651.html

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Ten thousand Afghans to benefit from Khalifa Foundation's Ramadan programme

posted on 29/06/2015

KABUL: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Kabul, has implemented its Iftar Project in the Afghani capital under the supervision of the Standing Committee for Humanitarian and Development Aid in Afghanistan.
The foundation will continue to provide Iftar meals for the underprivileged during the Holy Month of Ramadan to bring the number of beneficiaries to about ten thousand during the fasting month.
The beneficiaries commended the role being played by the Khalifa Foundation in various humanitarian and charitable fields and offered their thanks and appreciation to the UAE and its foundation. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282577203.html

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UAE Embassy in Tanzania oversees Iftar project

posted on 29/06/2015

DODOMA: The UAE Embassy in Tanzania is overseeing the Iftar project being implemented by Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, along with the distribution of 100 tons of dates and Ramadan packages to help the underprivileged during the fasting month of Ramadan.
The UAE Embassy is implementing the annual ERC project under the supervision of Abdullah Ibrahim Al Suweidi, UAE Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, in collaboration with the Islamic Foundation, to cover most regions of Tanzania with a special focus on orphanages, mosques and poor communities.
The embassy distributed more than 500 food packages containing in addition to hosting mass Iftar banquets in several mosques, residential complexes and orphanages.
The beneficiaries of the ERC's project expressed their thanks and appreciation to the leadership and people of the United Arab Emirates. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282577578.html

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34 contestants sit for Dubai Int’l Holy Quran Award finals

posted on 29/06/2015

As many as 34 contestants have so far sat for the final examinations of the international Quran competition - the main branch of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA), which started at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the night of June 24.
The seven contestants examined on Sunday night included Wedou Ahmed Aghrabatt – Mauritania, Mousa M. A. Madfaa – Palestine, Muhammed Sheik - South Africa, Ammar Hasan Alalawi – Bahrain, Mohamed Abdul Cader Mohamed - Sri Lanka, Amisse Atibo - Mozambique, and Ibrahim Iyi Djobo - Togo.
Seven more memorisers are to appear on the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry stage on Monday night, June 29. Those are Mohammad Jakareya – Bangladesh, Abd-Almageed Mugahed – Yemen, Azam Iqbal – UK, Abdul-Latif Yakub – Ghana, Hasan Samoh – Thailand, Than Soe – Myanmar, and Abasi Ahmed Ali – Tanzania.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, Head of the Award Organising Committee and Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, honoured the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charitable Humanitarian Foundation (MRMCHF), Dubai Festival and Retail Establishment, Dubai Health Authority, and Gargash Enterprises for jointly sponsoring the third day of the international Quran competition.
Saleh Zaher, General Manager at MRMCHF, said it is part of his Foundation's social responsibility to co-sponsor the Award to give a boost to teaching the Quran and supporting memorisers and study centres. "The multi-branch Award has become a leading milestone with its diverse categories."
The Award, seeing over 80 competitors from across the globe every year, has added more value to the event that falls on the blessed days of the holy month of Ramadan, he added.
"Sponsoring young memorisers is also part of our cultural stance and effective partnership with government entities to develop charity work and encourage memorisation and recitation of the Quran as advised by Almighty Allah."
As for the cultural programme, foreign communities still have a priceless opportunity to enjoy four lectures in Malayalam and Tamil at the Indian Academic School, Muhaisanah 3 – June 29-July 04.
The 22-lecture programme, June 18 - July 04, is part of the 19th edition of the Award, where thousands of Muslims from across the country flock to enjoy the spiritually uplifting lectures and recitation.
Shaikh Mohamed Tamim Alzoubi, Head of the Award Arbitration Committee, said all the memorisers who sat for final examination on Saturday night were excellent and their recitation was beautiful. – Emirates News Agency, WAM – http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395282584526.html

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