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Emirates Islamic donates AED 8 million to Tarahum Charity Foundation

Emirates Islamic, one of the leading Islamic Bank in the UAE, has donated AED 8 million to the Tarahum Charity Foundation, an organization that provides charitable relief to those in need. Business News in Dubai contribution, provided through the Emirates Islamic Charity Fund, will be used to provide food, water, medicine, and other necessities to help needy families across the UAE. Remarking on the contribution, Awatif Al Harmoodi, General Manager, Operational Governance, Emirates Islamic, said: “At Emirates Islamic, we firmly believe that providing access to basic


human needs such as food, shelter, health, and education improves the economic and social well-being of individuals and society as a whole. As a bank that is committed to serving the community in which it operates, Best Business Media in Dubai is our privilege to be given this noble opportunity once again this year to lend our support to underprivileged families through Tarahum Foundation, with whom we have been successfully cooperating for a long period of time.� Corporate News in Dubai Ramadan, the Emirates Islamic Charity Fund, together with Tarahum Charity Foundation, will dispense Meer Ramadan (essential foodstuff and commodities regularly needed during the holy month of Ramadan) to families in necessity across the UAE. The Emirates Islamic Charity Fund delivers financial aid under several main areas, including food, housing, health, education, and social welfare. Business Information in Dubai fund was set up with the primary objective of the provision of financial aid to large charities, public and private organizations, as well as individuals in need.


noon pops up at Middle East Film & Comic Con 2019

At this year’s Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC), noon, the region’s homegrown digital marketplace, is prepared for the ComicCon action taking place from the 11th until 13st April 2019 with a popup store where super fans of all ages can buy an array of noon goods including must-have tech buys such as battery packs, wireless headphones and more, tote bags, and exclusive and uniquely designed t-shirts featuring some of the most cherished superheroes of all time. Business in Dubai well as delighting Comic-Con fans with exclusive Batman, Spiderman, and Darth Vadar-inspired


designs, noon.com will host festival goers in its noon Festival Arena, gifting vouchers over the three-day period. All attendees will also be invited to take part in making a huge mural of the noon.com, the region’s local heroes, logo. Simply pop along to the noon store and have your image captured by a smart photobooth. Add your photo to the wall and watch as the image gradually appears thousands of photographs of Comic-Con visitors. The finished mosaic will be displayed in noon’s Dubai office underlining that it is made in the region and for the people of the region.

Landmark Group to open new Oasis Mall in Sharjah


Landmark Group, one of the largest retail and hospitality conglomerate in the Middle East and India, is expanding its shopping mall portfolio with its first Oasis Mall in Sharjah. This is the Group’s tenth mall in the region. Aarti Jagtiani, Group Director, Landmark Group, said: “I am delighted to announce that our first mall in Sharjah will open its doors to its customers in April 2019. We recently opened malls in Oman (Sohar) and Bahrain (Juffair) and now with the addition of this mall, we are expanding our footprint to 10 malls across 4 countries. In line with our brand promise, the mall will cater to the local community and serve our customers with a complete and convenient retail experience, where they can shop, meet and socialize.” Expected to open later this month, the mall is conveniently located on Al Wahda Street, the prominent retail corridor of Sharjah. Oasis Malls completed its 10th anniversary this March, marking a decade of retail excellence in the region. With the commitment to be a one-stop lifestyle destination for families, the three-floor mall will feature over 45 retail stores – spread over a total area of over 650,000 square feet (61,834 sq meters). Dubai EXPO NEWS offers a unique mix of retail destinations, leisure, food and beverage outlets, salon & spa, convenience stores, and banks, making it an affordable and convenient neighborhood destination for the community. Cinépolis, the 4th largest cinema operator in the world, promises to entertain its UAE guests with a 10-screen cinema including their renowned Cinépolis Junior, a dedicated kids’ auditorium with a play


area and slide. This would be the first cinema in the UAE for Cinépolis after the already operational cinema in Bahrain. Press Release in Dubai the Group’s homegrown brands like Centrepoint, Home Centre, Fun City, Max, to other well-known international brands like Carrefour, Vincci, and Okaidi, under one roof, the mix promises to provide customers a fun, affordable and engaging retail experience. Adding to the retail offering, the Mall will also have two casual dining restaurants and a 575-seat food court with over 8 Quick Service Restaurants like McDonald’s and KFC.


Smart Dubai Announces Dubai Data Private Sector Strategy and Policy

Business Media in Dubai announced the Dubai Data Private Sector Strategy and Policy today, which was planned to enable a data ecosystem, a foster stronger association between the public and private sectors, and drive Dubai’s ambition toward becoming a datadriven 100% paperless smart city. The emirate is leading an ambitious and advanced data initiative as part of its journey towards becoming a data-driven smart city,


working together with stakeholders from both the private and public sectors. Business News in Dubailaunch ceremony brought together local and international senior executives and leaders from across the private and public sectors to discuss openings in the four dimensions of a fully optimized, data-driven ecosystem: Governance and Regulation; Technology and Operations; Commercialisation; and People and Engagement. H.E. Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai, said: “Data is the true wealth of communities; it is a remarkably effective instrument to attain sustainable development and serves as a solid foundation for decision-making. It gives me great pride to say that Dubai is one of the world’s most advanced and fastest-growing cities in the data sector, and Smart Dubai is dedicated to developing plans and strategies that maintain that growth momentum and align with the leadership’s vision for the UAE Centennial 2071.” “Our emirate has directed a steadfast journey towards harnessing the power of data and building a robust infrastructure to put data at the heart of future smart-city plans,” H.E. Dr. Aisha added. “In fact, the Dubai Data Private Sector Strategy and Policy follow the successful execution of the Dubai Data Policies at government entities.” H.E. Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director General at Smart Dubai, CEO of the Dubai Data Establishment, said: “Smart cities are rooted in data. Aggregating, classifying, and regulating data is indispensable for establishing Dubai as the world’s happiest and smartest city. With that objective in mind, Smart Dubai – Business Events in Dubai government entity tasked with spearheading the emirate’s smart transformation – launched a series of ground-breaking initiatives, from creating the Dubai Data Establishment and working


on the Dubai Data Law, to issuing the Dubai Data Policies for the government sector and, today, the Dubai Data Private Sector Strategy and Policy.” “Following the successful implementation of the Dubai Data Policies in government entities, we take yet another bold step today, as we prepare to apply these policies to the private sector,” H.E. Al Nasser added. “This initiative helps engage the private sector in Dubai’s citywide smart transformation, and further strengthens public-private partnership and collaboration in the emirate, in line with the forwardthinking vision of our wise leadership.” Business Information in Dubai event shed light on initiatives, policies, and partnerships launched under each of the initiative’s dimensions and in line with Smart Dubai’s role as a regulator in the data ecosystem. Under Governance and Regulation, Smart Dubai has recently inaugurated the AI Ethics Board for Dubai to help the private sector develop AI systems that balance innovation with social service. Meanwhile, under Technology and Operations, UAE Business news in Dubai is gearing up to explore decentralized data exchange and the prospects of forming a data market to encourage a value-based and secure flow of data between private-sector organizations. Under Commercialisation, Smart Dubai has expressed a commitment to develop monetizable use cases between key retail partners; and finally, under People and Engagement, Smart Dubai has partnered with Property Finder to create new data products for a vital economic segment, in addition to launching the Data Science Lab, which seeks to develop data science skills in Dubai and foster collaboration among the data science community in the emirate to identify and explore opportunities that will support the creation of a data ecosystem.


Joe Abi Akl, Acting Chief Corporate Development Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding said: “Increasing the cross-border flow and exchange of data is a crucial step towards greater economic growth for Dubai and the wider region. Jobs in Dubai Smart Dubai Private Sector Data Strategy will enable this growth by bringing together the public and private sectors to advance the application of data while ensuring strong governance, privacy and security. At Majid Al Futtaim, we look forward to working with Smart Dubai and other stakeholders to advance the use of data within priority sectors, creating more efficiencies for business and more personalized experiences for customers.” Property Finder’s Director of Research and Data Lynnette Abad said: “We are delighted to be the pioneers across a range of data innovations with Smart Dubai. As a data-driven company, we are constantly looking for new ways to drive value from our own proprietary data, as well as other data available to us. At Property Finder, we believe that through working together, private and public entities can produce better data-led decisions for people, businesses and government. This is only the start of the journey. As our partnership strengthens, we will be exploring new opportunities to leverage the power of data and data science together.” For his part, Hazem Galal, Partner and Global Leader for PwC’s Cities and Local Government Sector, said: “We are embarking on a new world of data and analytics, where the future of cities – and the future of any business really – relies on a concerted effort to effectively collect, analyze, and make decisions based on reliable data. Business News in Dubai is among the leading cities globally in combining data from the public and private sectors. Entities across the emirate will


help bring these ambitious goals to life in a faster, more seamless, and more inclusive manner.” “According to our estimates,” Galal added, “implementing the Dubai Data Policies will generate a combined economic impact of AED9.6 billion and social impact of 61.1K FTEs. We have identified four priority sectors – Retail, Hospitality and Tourism, Real Estate, and Financial Services – to define the requirements of a private, datadriven ecosystem and how to address the gaps through strategy, policies, and use cases in alignment with Dubai Data’s plans to pursue the role of an enabling regulator in the ecosystem.”


ENOC rolls out ENOCPay, a cashless, cardless mobile payment at its service stations

ENOC Group has publicized the introduction of ‘ENOCPay’, a cashless, cardless payment platform for both fuel and non-fuel products at ENOC and EPPCO service stations. His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group Chief Executive Officer of ENOC, said: “As a wholly-owned government entity, we are working determinedly to support our leaders’ vision to be at the forefront of innovation and bring the latest technologies to our customers. Business News in Dubai aim is to support the government’s vision to provide unified services to visitors and


residents and we are proud to support this vision through our service station network.� ENOCPay improves the customer experience by empowering them to pay with their mobile phones, without having to leave the comfort of their vehicle. Corporate News in Dubai permits users to link their Vehicle Identification Pass (VIP) RFID account to enable top-up, pay for fuel as well pay in-store at ZOOM and Pronto. The app also allows for remote payments by entering the site and pump number details. Business Media in Dubai use, customers must download the ENOCPay app from Apple Store or Google Play and register for a new account. Users can also log-in using their social media accounts in Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Customers can add credit and debit card details on the app. Payment transactions are simple and contactless for both parties. The customers can link their VISA, Mastercard and Diners card., and confirm payment from the comfort of their car once a transaction is complete. Customers and fuel attendants both receive notifications of transaction status and a digital receipt is automatically generated. The users can also track past purchases and transaction history. Jobs in Dubai its promise to innovation, ENOC continues to introduce services that enhance customer service. The Group has been offering contactless payment for corporate customers since 2014 via the path-breaking Vehicle Identification Pass (VIP) across the entire service station network of ENOC & EPPCO.


Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation Continues to Build Bridges of Global Dialogue

Media Marketing Dubai work in refreshing local heritage and championing global cultural exchange, the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) collaborated with Majalis Abu Dhabi Affairs Office and the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi for a symposium entitled ‘Korea and the UAE: Cultural Heritage and Prospects for Encounter’. Held at the Majlis Mohammed Khalaf in Abu Dhabi, the talk was hosted in the presence of H.E. Huda Ibrahim Alkhamis, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, Issa Saif Al Mazrouei, Vice Chairman of the Cultural Programs and Heritage Festivals Committee – Abu Dhabi and H.E. Francisca Mendez Escobar, Ambassador of Mexico to the UAE.


The symposium forms part of ADMAF’s ‘Cultural Heritage Preservation’ initiative, celebrating varied international cultures and identifying ways in which they can be used to build bridges and bring about positive change. The event honored the vast cultural and artistic heritage of the Republic of Korea, the Abu Dhabi Festival’s Country of Honour during 2019. Business Media in Dubai talk was moderated by Sultan Al Amimi, Director of Poetry Academy in Abu Dhabi, and featured insights from H.E. Park Kang-Ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UAE; Lee Jun-ho, Cultural Attache, Embassy of Korea and Korean Cultural Centre; and Humaid Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Emirates-Korean Friendship Society. H.E. Huda Ibrahim Alkhamis, Founder of ADMAF and Artistic Director of Abu Dhabi Festival, said: “The Cultural Heritage Preservation initiative, in collaboration with the Cultural Programmes and Heritage Festival Committee – Abu Dhabi, replicates our shared vision to celebrate heritage by expanding cultural meeting spaces and encouraging cultural dialogue that advocates identity, values tolerance and demonstrates openness to others.” She added: “The initiative is part of the Festival’s nonstop efforts to bring together thought leaders to participate in talks reflecting our investment in cultural and creative spaces and forums. The Festival’s Country of Honour this year – the Republic of Korea – is a perfect example of this cultural interaction of music, art, dance, crafts, and tradition. Such initiative strengthens the bridges of communication among nations by harnessing the power of the arts.”


Business forum in Dubai symposium started with a welcome address by the Korean Ambassador, exploring the robust bilateral relations between the Republic of Korea and the UAE, the shared cultural vision and values of the joint association, as well as the importance of celebrating the vibrant cultural legacy of the Republic in this year’s Abu Dhabi Festival. This was followed by insights from the Chairman of the Emirates-Korean Friendship Society, who further discussed Korean cultural heritage with an Emirati perspective – particularly the importance of exploring the common values that are culturally and ethnically similar between the two nations. The Cultural Attaché of the Embassy of Korea and the Korean Cultural Centre, meanwhile, discussed the varied efforts, initiatives, and events organized by the Center and highlighted the Korean heritage and the commonalities between it and Emirati cultures. The symposium concluded with remarks by the Director of Poetry Academy in Abu Dhabi, who further stressed on the common values that are shared by the two nations and the beauty of cultural heritage and the importance of preserving it. H.E. Park Kang-ho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the UAE, commented: “It is very meaningful that we – the UAE and Korea – are taking time to talk about cultural heritage together. In this regards, Business Events in Dubai believe Abu Dhabi Festival 2019 will be a milestone for the cultural exchanges between the two countries, with this talk added to the previous programs including Korean National Ballet and Korean Symphony Orchestra. I’m so grateful to everyone who contributed to this achievement of two countries including the audience.” Sultan Al Amimi, Director of the Poetry Academy in Abu Dhabi, said: “We are extremely proud to witness the unwavering international


cooperation between the UAE and the Republic of Korea – particularly across the medium of culture, underscoring the existence of a number of shared values between the two great nations.” Jobs in Dubai the sidelines of the symposium, an exhibition was held in the halls of the Mohammed Khalaf Majlis to showcase Korean traditional costumes, works of art, artifacts and handicrafts that celebrate the country’s cultural heritage. The Abu Dhabi Festival is presented and organized by the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation. ADMAF is an independent, not-for-profit organization that seeks to nurture the arts, education, culture, and creativity for the benefit of society and advancement of Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision.

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