Nearly 100 international Brand and around 30 companies & UAE-based companies exhibit their products & services at the world renowned Pool & Spa exhibition held in ADNEC, Abu Dhabi: the French event organizer GL Events hosts the second edition of Piscine Middle East from the 22nd until the 24th of April 2014.
Through Piscine Middle East, GL Events Exhibitions brings the leading international exhibitors to Abu Dhabi to meet their counterparts and showcase the latest innovation from the global pool industry, to discuss opportunities and challenges in the Middle East Market. Exhibitors come from 12 different countries compared to 9 only in 2012. The show include developers, contractors and service providers in Equipment and pool accessories, maintenance, filtration, protection security, construction installation, outdoor living pool, Health and wellness in the pool industry.
For 2012, the event expected more than 3 000 professional visitors. As the spa industry is performing well and growing fast in the Middle East, the French organizer expects to double this number with this new edition. This show is a natural gateway to the GCC and Middle East market for the pool & spa industry.
According to Noémi Petit, "The real work starts after the pool is built. Maintaining a clean and hygienic pool is a major challenge, and that's why Piscine Middle East is working in the region with the world's leading authorities on water treatment, maintenance, construction, and ground materials, etc..."
The Cityscape Abu Dhabi is the strategic event partner in the region with Piscine Middle East in 2014. The 2 shows are co-located at the ADNEC. Widely seen as the key barometer for the region’s property sector, Cityscape Abu Dhabi acts as a platform for developers, investors, real estate professionals and government entities to meet and do business. For the first time in the Middle East, GL Events introduce the winners of “The pool Vision award for 2014”, organized in partnership with ArchiEurop Group.
Swimming pool projects are selected from many countries around the world and are judged from technical and aesthetic standpoints, water treatment, coverings, accessories, spas etc…
There's a winner for each of these categories:
Through this competition, the Piscine OPEN exhibitions network showcases pool and spa trends as seen by other countries worldwide, the latest in international pool fashions. A designer is presented for each category as the winner for the entire world competition. And the winners for this first Pool Vision award 2014 are swimming pool projects from:
- Lebanon: Francis Landscape
- Qatar: Francis Landscape
- Turkey: Definespace Architects
The winners have been announced & rewarded on the first day of the exhibition at the awarding ceremony for Abu Dhabi projects – Aloft Hotel.
Only 1.5% of scientific papers published every year originate from the Middle East. With this alarming statistic in mind, Sidra Medical and Research Center is taking the lead in helping colleagues in Qatar and from across the region see their research published in leading international science journals.
“Sidra wanted to link the tremendous scientific expertise bred in the Middle East with the international research community and offer support to scientists in Qatar and the region to see their research shared with colleagues from around the world. Collaboration is a key success factor for any scientific endeavor and research publications are a vehicle for that,” said Sidra’s Chief Research Officer Dr. Francesco Marincola.
Sidra has partnered with BioMed Central, a leading open access journal publisher with over 260 titles, for a Sidra Symposia Series event on “Trends in Biomedical Research & Scholarly Publishing” taking place April 24. BioMed Central editors will present the latest trends in global scholarly publishing, touching upon areas such as the growth of open access publishing and the importance of the internationalization of regional journals. Speakers will review best practice for authors to present their research to journals and capitalize on the publication of that research.
Deborah Kahn, Executive Vice President at BioMed Central said, “Sidra and BioMed Central share the aims of making excellent research visible and accessible to all scientists, and we are delighted to be hosting this joint symposium with Sidra. Our Editors have a wealth of expertise in science and medicine, as well as scientific research publishing and we’re glad of the opportunity to share and discuss this with the delegates.”
“Developing a knowledge-based economy is rooted in research and Sidra, along with peers like Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute and the new open source journal QScience, as well as BMC colleagues across the world, aim to help support the burgeoning research endeavors of Arabic scientists,” said Sidra’s Dr. Marincola.
Sidra is building a robust research program to support local and regional scientific research in partnership with international institutions to build a hub of biomedical research and become an integral part of many international research initiatives and networks. Sidra will focus on research relevant to women’s and children’s health according to Qatar National Research Priorities, leading to better understanding of the cause of disease and identification of patient-specific treatments where researchers and clinicians, working in interprofessional teams, will be able to rapidly translate discoveries in the laboratory to the inpatient bedside, the outpatient clinic and the broader population.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a global leader in digital media and convergence technologies, introduced its most user-friendly multi-function printer today. Equipped with both Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, the Multifunction Xpress C1860FW make printing easier than ever, and deliver the highest color quality prints in the process.
The Multi-Function Xpress printer C1860FW helps consumers get the most out of their homes and offices with unparalleled connectivity and picture quality. As the next stage in the evolution of Samsung’s printing solutions, the C1860FW directly connects to consumers’ computers, handhelds and cameras without hassle, without wires and without fuss via NFC and Wi-Fi connections. The C1860FW delivers professional-quality images, to boot, and its dual CPU (533MHz) produces fast, even printing at 18 pages per minute.
“Anyone who uses a printer at home or at work wants great looking images without having to worry about cables and connections,” said Manoj Ghai, Head of IT Sales Group at Samsung Gulf Electronics.” The great thing about our NFC-enabled printers is the flexibility that they offer to users. With these printers, people can print whenever they want, wherever they want—whether the document is on a cloud or in a camera. In our opinion, this kind of technology is more than just state-of-the-art, it is practical; it is valuable; and it rings true to our belief that people are behind every product that Samsung creates.”
No Wires, No Worries
The Multifunction Xpress Series is crafted to be entirely problem-free. Thanks to the Samsung MobilePrint App, content flows seamlessly and easily from consumers’ mobile devices to their printers. The only setup required is a visit to the Android App Store. Users can even print directly from Google’s cloud platform to get the documents that they want on-the-go. With NFC technology, printing, scanning and faxing are merely a tap away.
The Multi-Function Xpress C1860FW was crafted with speed in mind. By virtue of the Faster Print Jon Spooling and Gigabit Ethernet, the C1860FW will never keep users waiting. In the blink of an eye, the Dual CPU boosts the printers’ quick speeds to yield more than 50 pages of full-color slides and large, full-color documents in true-to-life color.
All That the Eye Can See
Bright, glossy colors are never out of reach with the C1860FW. Samsung has developed a singularly unique technology known as the Rendering Engine for Clean Page (ReCP). The ReCP enhances images to create professional quality print-outs with smooth images and clean text. The industry-best polymerized toner completes the picture with its smaller and more uniform particles, generating more striking and lustrous colors, and guaranteeing a high-gloss finish with longer durability.
The Samsung Multifunction Xpress C1860FW printer is currently available across leading retail outlets in the Qatar for QAR 1899.
Canon Middle East, a leader in imaging solutions, has appointed Media Group International (MGI) to expand its Professional Video business in Qatar within the broadcast and production industry, as part of its diversification into new business domains such as professional cinematography and pro-video.
Canon’s collaboration with MGI is one of several new business initiatives that focus on product offerings for targeted sectors. MGI will concentrate on cinematography and professional video equipment with multipurpose technology that can be utilized across several platforms. With the rise of media outlets and filmmaking in the Middle East, MGI will highlight key opportunities for Canon in the country and throughout the region.
MGI is a proven media system integrator with 35 years of experience in designing systems to meet and exceed customer expectations. The first company in its sector in the Middle East to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification, MGI assures customers the highest management standards and world-class quality assured products. It also provides current and new media companies with the latest multiscreen technologies that simplify work.
Anurag Agrawal, Canon Middle East Managing Director, said: “Having MGI on board as a Canon Authorized Partner in Qatar is a great asset in expanding our professional video business and one tactic to achieving the diversity strategy set at our partner conference. As we continue to explore new opportunities, we are dedicated to providing products that meets the needs of customers across several sectors while enhancing their overall experience. MGI, with its strong local presence and proven track-record, will support Canon in ensuring that reliable and high quality video solutions are available to the growing media industry in Qatar.”
Mr Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Retail Marketing, Canon Middle East said: “MGI has the expertise in equipment brands necessary to advise customers such as broadcasters, production houses and videographers. Their specialization in providing system integration solutions will allow them to mix and match the best Canon hardware, such as the C Series, XF Series or XA Series, with the finest software to create a truly unique user experience for the audience.”
Paul Hennessy, CEO of MGI, said: "The Middle East and North Africa film industry is on the rise and starting to attract the attentional of the international community. Canon Middle East is a strong supporter of local projects like the Dubai International Film Festival as well as regional talent such as Canon Ambassadors Nayla Al Khaja and Khaled Abol Naga. The support Canon provides towards industry workshops and product training allows unknown but gifted individuals a chance to showcase their skills. At MGI, we recognize the talent and inspiration this region has to offer and are committed to providing the high quality technical infrastructure the industry needs. Our partnership with Canon will further ensure that videographers in Qatar will have access to the best professional video equipment possible.”
Canon’s range of professional videography cameras includes the C Series which is used by both independent and Hollywood filmmakers for cinematography purposes. The XA and XF Series are ideal for broadcasting companies and often utilized to capture live events or documentaries. Among the models is the FX300, Canon’s first Professional file-based HD Video Camera. It allows versatile file-based recording and direct to readily available CF Cards that create an easy integration into the standardized workflows needed in broadcast. All cameras are designed through feedback from professional camera operators in order to create the ultimate mobile tool that maintains an excellent balance between operation and weight.
For further details on Canon Middle East, global operations, products and services visit www.canon-me.com.
Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C.) announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014 ended 31st March 2014, with a record net profit attributable to the owners of the Company of QR 39.2 million as compared to QR 25.7 million for the same period in 2013, an increase of 52.12%. Sales in first quarter of 2014 grew by 14.56%, from QR 443.8 million to QR 508.4 million, compared to the same period in 2013.
Last year, Al Meera increased total retail space by 4,100 square meters. In 2014, Al Meera has eight malls currently under construction and 1 store under fit out, with all expected to be completed later in 2014. The malls are located at Al Wakra, Al Thumama, Al Wajba, Muaither, Al Azizia, Al Thakira, Muraikh, and Jeryan Nujaima, in addition to the rented store located in the Gulf Mall (1,750 square meters).
These new malls currently under construction are part of the Company’s promises to deliver on its expansion plans during 2014 and 2015 in order to sufficiently serve all of Qatar's communities; covering the needs of all the country’s residents wherever they may be located, with competitive prices targeted at all segments of society.
All new malls will be built to stringent international standards and outfitted with the latest interior design style and modern lighting system, and will have the “look and feel”, similar to that of Lqutaifiya Mall. The contemporary concept will cover all of Al Meera’s supermarkets, shops, restaurants, and other stores.
In recognition of Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) seventh Environmental Fair, Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd. (Oxy Qatar) has launched Sea and Shore Life of Qatar, the third title in the Qatar Nature Explorer book series.
Qatar Nature Explorer was published in collaboration with Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and the author, Frances Gillespie. The full book set includes six illustrated books for young children on the natural history and flora and fauna of Qatar, and is available in both English and Arabic. Sea and Shore Life of Qatar was presented during the opening ceremony of the QP Environment Fair on 23 April to H. E. Dr. Mohamed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry.
Since 2012, Oxy Qatar has launched a new book each year based on the theme of QP’s Environmental Fair. Plants of Qatar and Mammals of Qatar, the first two titles in the book series, were printed and distributed at the 2012 and 2013 fairs. Sea and Shore Life of Qatar fits perfectly with the 2014 fair’s theme of water use and conservation. The book provides information on the marine flora and fauna native to Qatar.
As in previous years, free copies of the book will be distributed at Oxy’s stand in the Qatar National Convention Center until Saturday 26 April at 8p.m.
Stephen Kelly, President and General Manager of Oxy Qatar, said, “We are very pleased once again to provide these fascinating and informative books to students and visitors during the Qatar Petroleum Environmental Fair. In addition, Oxy Qatar recently donated the complete Qatar Nature Explorer set to the Supreme Education Council to distribute to school libraries across Qatar. We hope the books will provide value to all students and enhance awareness of Qatar’s rich and diverse natural heritage.”
If libraries in Qatar would like to have copies of Qatar Nature Explorer they may contact Oxy Qatar at 4445-9459.
Author Frances Gillespie, a British national resident in Qatar since 1985, commented: ”During the past few years I’ve published several books aimed at adults, but I’ve now turned to writing for children as I think it’s so important that the young people of this country learn to understand, respect and take an interest in our natural and cultural heritage. Without the encouragement and sponsorship of companies like Oxy these publications would not be possible. I know that Oxy is dedicated to helping the community in a number of ways and I’m very grateful for their support.”
A declining number of young people in the Arab world plan to pursue further education with many citing cost as the single biggest factor holding them back but youth are optimistic about their future careers, according to findings of the 6th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey.
Nearly half (46 per cent) of 18-24 year old Arab nationals are planning to study for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or a PhD or go onto vocational training, falling from 55 per cent in 2013 and 56 per cent in 2012. Plans to pursue further education are evenly split across the Arab world, with 45 percent in the GCC countries saying they plan to go onto university or vocational training compared to 47 per cent in the non-GCC countries.
Meanwhile, a quarter (24 per cent) of youth across the 16 countries polled say they do not plan to go to further their education, compared to one in five (20 per cent) in 2013. One third (33 per cent) of this sample cite financial factors as the biggest reason for them not pursing further education while just over a quarter (27 per cent) did not name a specific reason. Not having the relevant courses available to them is the third biggest hurdle (18 per cent) followed by the quality of teaching (16 per cent).
The Arab Youth Survey is an annual initiative of ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, the leading public relations consultancy in Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The survey was developed to provide reliable data and insights into the attitudes and aspirations of the region’s 200 million-strong youth population – where 60 per cent is below the age of 25 – with the aim of informing policy and decision-making of both government and the private sector.
ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller’s sister agency, international polling firm PSB, which officially established its Middle East offices in January of this year, completed the largest survey to date for the sixth annual edition. PSB conducted 3,500 face-to-face interviews with exclusively Arab national men and women aged 18-24 in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain), Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Yemen and, for the first time in 2014, Palestine. Research was conducted between December 2013 and January 2014.
Sunil John, Chief Executive Officer of ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller, said: “Developing the national workforce is a top priority for regional governments as they look to create jobs for their growing populations and diversify their economies away from oil. Understanding the needs, wants and aspirations of this group, the region’s largest demographic, is hugely important for governments, businesses and communities as they look to create long term job opportunities.”
Youth are optimistic about their future careers
Looking beyond their education and onto their working life, Arab youth are ambitious about their future careers. Youth place equal importance on the opportunity to work with talented people and work-life balance when applying for a job (both considered important by 47 per cent of respondents) followed by the chance to contribute to the development of their country and good pay (42 per cent). Nearly half of all youth (44 per cent) would choose to work in the GCC over Europe (20 per cent) and the United States (14 per cent). While favourability towards the GCC and Europe in terms of future careers declined year-on-year from 47 per cent and 24 per cent, respectively in 2013, a growing number would like to work in the United States, up from 9 per cent in last year’s survey findings.
Youth that are already working are also optimistic about the opportunities available to them with a third (32 per cent) saying their overall salary has increased in the last year and just over half (53 per cent) saying it has stayed the same. Around two in five (42 per cent) expect their salary to say the same in the next 12 months while the same number (42 per cent) expect it to rise.
Entrepreneurial spirit is high across the Arab world
Two thirds (67 per cent) of young Arabs believe people of this generation are more likely to start a business than in previous generations, as access to higher education improves the skills of youth, and governments and banks provide much-needed funding to help set up private companies. The majority of those that want to establish their own business in the next five years, plan to set up a retail company (38 per cent) while 19 per cent cite a technology company and 16 per cent real estate.
Meanwhile, favourability towards the private sector is also steadily rising across the Gulf with 31 per cent of respondents saying they would like to work in the private sector, up from 24 per cent in 2013 and 19 per cent in 2012. In contrast, the preference towards the private sector in non-GCC countries is declining at 31 per cent in 2014, up from 28 per cent in 2013 and 36 per cent in 2012. In-depth results from the 6th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey, including survey highlights and a white paper in both Arabic and English, as well as findings from all previous five editions of the survey are freely available on www.arabyouthsurvey.com.
Trade in petrochemicals between Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states is set for robust growth in the coming years led by the development of the region’s rail and transport network, predicts the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA), the region’s longest-standing trade association.
“An integrated railway network is an important catalyst in driving increased economic integration between GCC countries as it fosters the region’s development agenda,” said Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, GPCA Secretary General. “Railways will similarly have a positive effect on the intra-regional petrochemicals supply chain as it will enhance cross-border trade within the Gulf, while minimizing the risk of transporting chemicals across long distances.” The GCC petrochemicals industry is an export-oriented sector. In 2012, 60.7 million tons of petrochemicals produced in the Gulf were exported to diverse markets such as China, the European Union and North America.
According to GPCA estimates, only 6.2% of exports occurred within the GCC region. “Intra-GCC chemicals trade has seen a cumulative growth of 13% over the last five years,” explained Dr. Sadoun. “This is a positive development as it signifies deeper trade ties within the Gulf.” In the medium term, intra-regional trade is set to surge following the planned expansion of the GCC railway network. “The GCC railway network will enable the region’s petrochemical companies to optimize their supply chains,” he added.
The GCC railway network is an estimated US$200 billion venture, and will link the six Gulf countries for the first time. The project is expected to be completed by 2018, and talks are underway to connect Jordan and Iraq once the core GCC states are linked. Post-2020, GPCA predicts that the Gulf states will be less reliant on petrochemical imports to fulfill regional demand for a whole host of products across sectors like aviation, food & beverage and infrastructure.
The importance of railway connectivity will be a key focus at the upcoming GPCA Supply Chain conference. Held in Dubai from May 6- 8, senior executives from Saudi Railway Company, Etihad Rail and Rail Cargo Austria AG will provide local and international insights on best practice in the transport sector. Now in its sixth edition, the GPCA Supply Chain Conference will be held at the Ritz Carlton, DIFC. For more information, please visit http://gpcasupplychain.com/2014/
More than 1,350 students gathered today to set a new Guinness World Records title for the ‘Largest Reading Lesson’, in Arabic at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
The event was attended by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahid Al-Hammadi, the Minister of Education and Higher Education and Secretary General of the Supreme Education Council and Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), RasGas Company Limited (RasGas). The event was hosted, by RasGas, the Supreme Education Council, Maktaba Qatar (Maktaba) and Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing (BQFP).
This initiative coincides with UNESCO’s annual World Book Day (WBD), reflecting education as a vital component of the Qatar National Vision 2030 human development pillar and also supporting the preservation of the Arabic language as core to our cultural heritage. Children, aged between five and ten years, and their teachers, from independent local schools across Qatar, came together to break the current Guinness World Records, previously held by the USA with 451 children participating in one reading lesson.
With public engagement at the heart of the event, participants took part in an hour-long reading lesson based on the BQFP published Arabic language children’s title ‘Anger’, written by Sarah Medina. Following the hugely successful interactive session, a Guinness World Records official announced the record breaking success.
His Excellency Dr. Al-Hammadi, said that “promoting the Arabic language is one of the main priorities we have when developing our curricula at the Supreme Education Council, as per the directives of HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. Therefore it is our duty to support all the initiatives aiming at reinstating the noblest language in the world, whether in writing, reading or spelling. SEC’s interest in the Arabic language is manifested in many initiatives and activities, especially National Arabic Spelling Competition which will be held next month, for the third year in a row.”
Minister Al-Hammadi concluded: “I would like to congratulate RasGas Company Limited, Maktaba Qatar and Bloomsbury-Qatar Foundation Publishing for this achievement, and seize the moment to invite other companies to incorporate pioneering educational initiatives within their CSR programs, and the Supreme Education Council is always ready to discuss any creative ideas to enhance education at all levels.”
RasGas CEO, Al Mohannadi commented: “Today’s historic event brought together children from all walks of life to instill a love for reading from an early age. The event truly reinforces our commitment to create a sustainable and positive impact on the community by supporting education, and fostering a passion for learning that extends beyond the traditional classroom. We should all be very proud of what we have achieved today. It is truly remarkable to see so many passionate children open up to the possibilities of what a single book can unfold”.
The event was held as part of RasGas’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme which supports education. The initiative is designed to motivate children to appreciate reading Arabic literature by encouraging interaction, co-creation, and inspiring discussion. It is a continuation of last year’s RasGas and Maktaba collaboration to promote reading and literacy, especially in Arabic, among the younger generation. Sarah Champa Al Dafa, Founder of Maktaba, commented: “It was a great honour to be a part of this historic effort. This record is an excellent representation of Qatar’s commitment to fostering a strong culture of reading and raising generations of readers to be leaders.”
BQFP also provided Arabic language book copies from their children's book series FEELINGS, along with substantial educational material. Arend Küster, Acting Director of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, said: “Getting children excited about reading is what World Book Day is all about and we at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing are delighted to have participated in the event here in Qatar, and have donated 3,000 copies each of ‘Angry’, and ‘Caring’ in Arabic from the FEELINGS children’s book series published by BQFP”.
Books are often powerful forms of knowledge exchange in societies and across generations, and are significant vehicles for the reinforcement of cultural traditions. The Largest Reading Lesson initiative is designed to not only preserve the Arabic language but to protect and cultivate it.
imagine1day signed a grant agreement with Educate A Child (EAC), a global programme based in Qatar, which aims to trigger significant breakthroughs in providing quality primary education to the 57 million children who currently have no access to schooling. Launched and founded in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, the programme promotes and facilitates access to primary education in regions suffering from conditions such as poverty, conflict discrimination or natural disaster.
The partnership is focused on enrolling over 28,000 children in primary school in two districts within Ethiopia’s southern Bale Zone; Dello Mena and Meda Welabu. Through the partnership, imagine1day will increase access to early childhood and primary education through the construction of 11 new primary schools. They will also supply teaching materials and training to improve the teaching-learning process, broaden the curriculum, encourage extra-curricular school activities, and enhance the level of students’ life skills. Parent Teacher Associations and principles will be trained to support the enrolment of children and their continued school attendance.
Sapna Dayal, imagine1day Executive Director, said, “We’re thrilled to join an esteemed group of EAC partners, applying ingenuity and determination to significantly reduce the number of children who are out of school around the world. This partnership will enable imagine1day to tackle some of the most challenging issues Ethiopia is currently facing in equitably providing access to quality primary education. Through a focused strategy and a commitment to building the leadership and technical capacity of key stakeholders, we will create systemic and lasting results in 103 pastoralist communities in Ethiopia’s Bale Zone.”
Educate A Child’s Director, Dr. Mary Joy Pigozzi said, “Educate A Child is very pleased to have imagine1day as a new partner. Their approach to working through the national, regional and district education structures is well aligned with EAC’s operating principles. We look forward supporting an organization with a strong record of reaching out of school children and keeping them in school, so that together we can bring quality primary school education to thousands of Ethiopia’s children in the coming years.”
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