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Saudi Arabia Launches New Anti-Human-Trafficking Measures

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia  - April 01, 2020:   The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT), in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Organization of Migration (IOM), has launched a "National Referral Mechanism," which outlines best practices for handling cases of trafficking in persons, specifying the coordination of roles and responsibilities of the mandated authorities in the Kingdom. The Mechanism is a collaborative framework that helps government officials to coordinate their efforts to better prevent trafficking in persons, protect victims or potential victims of human trafficking in the Kingdom, and investigate and prosecute suspected perpetrators. The NCCHT, in collaboration with the UNODC and IOM, has ......read more

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Culture launches series of sculptural symposiums to encourage local and international cultural exchange

Saudi, January 16, 2020:   Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture has launched its first of a series of arts initiatives that will take place in the Kingdom and Jeddah as part of Saudi Arabia’s cultural vision for 2020. Nestled in the heart of Al Balad, Jeddah’s historic district, overlooking the famous waterfront and facing Midan Al Beyaa, The Ministry of Culture welcomed 20 marble sculptures created for the inaugural Red Sea International Sculpture Symposium.  20 international and local artists were invited to hand sculpt in situ free-standing monoliths over a three week period (21 November - 10 December) using blocks of white marble imported from the Sultanate of Oman. The Symposium presents a literal world stage exposing a global array of artists showcasing their sculptures diversely and harmoniously ......read more

Saudi Arabia Extends Visa Policy to Welcome More Visitors from Around the World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - January 05, 2020:  ‏The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTH) today announced that visitors can now use existing UK, US, and Schengen area country visas to obtain Saudi Arabia visitor visas at airport arrivals regardless of their citizenship. ‏Visitors intending to benefit from the new regulation must have previously used the visa to travel to any one of these countries before entering Saudi Arabia. The policy builds on the Kingdom's historic visa launch in September 2019. Currently, citizens from 49 countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa online or get a Visa of arrival into Saudi Arabia. The tourist visa allows for a stay of up to 3 months per entry, with visitors able to spend 90 days a year in Saudi Arabia. The visa is valid for one year, with multiple ......read more

Tabreed increases its stake in Saudi Tabreed to 28%

Saudi Tabreed commissions the 20,000 RT King Khalid International Airport plant   January 02, 2020:    The National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), the leading international district cooling developer based in the UAE, has acquired an additional 8 percent stake in Saudi Tabreed, its district cooling investment vehicle in Saudi Arabia held jointly by Vision Invest (formerly ACWA Holding), IDB Infrastructure Fund II of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and others, bringing its ownership up to 28 percent. Khaled Al Qubaisi, Tabreed’s Chairman, said: “This acquisition underscores our commitment to supporting and fulfilling the current and future infrastructure needs of large scale developments throughout the Middle East and further cements our position as a leading international ......read more

Middle East chefs spread the word on the quality of European butter

Dubai-based chefs Dima Hamati and Waseem Aleisa and Saudi Arabia-based chef Ahmad Fraijeh have had recipes using the finest French butter published in an exclusive industry recipe book.    29th December 2019:   Three Middle East-based chefs have been selected by CNIEL, The French Dairy Board, and the European Union to feature in a prominent recipe book, showcasing the depth in quality and taste of European butter. The recipe book, which comes in an easy to use magazine format, features advice, recipe suggestions using the finest European butter as well as a history of how butter is made and why the unique method has remained the same for centuries. Dubai-based chef Dima Hamati, who was born in England to Lebanese parents, developed her skills at the French Culinary Institute of New York before undertaking ......read more

Saudi Fund for Development Supports the Government of Kyrgyzstan in Developing Key Transportation Projects

New road rehabilitation project will revitalize Central Asia’s prime tourist destination Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 24 December:   As part of an official Republic of Kyrgyzstan state visit to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Khalid Al-Khudairy Vice President and Managing Director for the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) and Mrs. Baktygul Jeenbaeva, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan signed a new infrastructure loan agreement. SFD partnered with the Islamic Development Bank and the Kuwait Fund to contribute to the rehabilitation and improved construction of the 442 km long Lake Issykul Ring Road, which provides access from the Kyrgyz capital city of Bishkek to one of Central Asia’s prime tourism destinations. The second largest saline lake in the world after the Caspian Sea, Lake Issykul attracts millions ......read more

Riyadh Set to Become the Arab World's First Digital Capital in 2020

• ‘Arab Digital Capital’ initiative inaugurated at the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology • Riyadh leads the region in the promotion of technology as a catalyst for increased economic and social well-being       RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 19 December 2019:   Riyadh is set to become the Arab world’s first ever digital capital city. The announcement was revealed at the 23rd session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, which took place on December 18 at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in Saudi Arabia’s capital.   The decision to name Riyadh the Arab Digital Capital follows the city’s prominent role in adopting and promoting the use of digital technologies to ......read more

Sharjah Chamber highlights the latest developments of exporting food products to Saudi Arabia

• Meeting discussed the future of the industrial sector and ways to improve its performance • Workshop organized in cooperation with Saudi Food and Drug Authority • Al-Awadi: Saudi’s participation reaffirms UAE-Saudi constant cooperation and coordination in the economic sector      18 December 2019:  The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SCCI, today (Wednesday) held an expanded meeting with representatives of Sharjah industrial sector to introduce them to the latest developments with regard to exporting food products to Saudi Arabia.   Held at the SCCI headquarters, the event was attended by HE Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director General of SCCI, and Ibrahim Rashid Al Jarwan, Director of Economic Relations and Marketing at the SCCI.    On the ......read more

Saudi Arabia's Flagship Misk Foundation signs MoU with Hub71 for Cross-Market Access into the UAE and KSA

• MoU signed by Mahmoud Adi, CEO of Hub71, and Shaima Hamidaddin, Executive Manager, Misk Global Forum, at the Misk Global Forum, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia • Hub71 named UAE’s National Organizer for Entrepreneurship World Cup 2020, and is on the hunt for the UAE’s most outstanding tech startups to form ‘Team UAE’  • Hub71 to judge the world’s best startups at EWC 2019 and offers generous prizes     14 November 2019, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:   During the three-day Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, the Misk Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global tech ecosystem, that outlined steps towards creating a more dynamic market for startups between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Hub71 was also ......read more

Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority's first MoU in Riyadh signed with the DFSA

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia,  6 November 2019:   The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) enhanced their relationship today when Mr Saeb Eigner, Chairman of the DFSA, met His Excellency Ahmed Al-Kholifey, Governor of SAMA, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen mutual cooperation in their supervision of banking and insurance.   The MoU will facilitate the exchange of information and oversight of institutions supervised by the respective authorities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).   Under the MoU, both parties will be able to cooperate closely and strengthen their collaboration.  Saeb Eigner, Chairman of the DFSA, said: “We are very pleased to be the first ......read more

Dubai Land Department welcomes Saudi Minister of Housing

8 October 2019:  A delegation from the Ministry of Housing in the KSA; headed by HE Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Minister of Housing; visited Dubai Land Department (DLD) and were welcomed by HE Juma bin Humaidan, Deputy Director General of DLD. Bin Humaidan said: “We were pleased to welcomed our brothers from the KSA. The meeting we held with them aimed to exchange our shared opinions that focused on developing the prospects of cooperation between the two countries. It was also an opportunity to highlight our achievements and the important role played by DLD  in developing the sector and promoting Dubai as one of the best investment destinations in the world as well as enhancing DLD’s services and expertise to contribute to Saudi Vision 2030.” During the visit, the Minister and his accompanying delegation were ......read more

Dubai Cares and The Body Shop are supporting children and youth's education:

September 24, 2019: This Ramadan, The Body Shop collaborated with Dubai Cares to raise funds via its outlets, which will be used by Dubai Cares to support children and youth’s education through the refurbishment and construction  of education facilities in developing countries. Dubai Cares is playing a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 goal which aims to ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning by 2030. The Body Shop has always believed that business can be used as a “Force for good” and thanks to Dubai Cares and every individual who supported this cause with their big-hearted contribution, the company has been able to bring hope to underserved children and youth.   Quote From The Body Shop: The Body Shop globally operates with a clearly ......read more

National Identification Number enrolment centre opens for Nigerians residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

● VFS Global launches centre in Jeddah city on 29 July 2019 for the convenience of Nigerians residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  ● Another centre scheduled to open in the capital city of Riyadh in the near future    Jeddah, 1 August 2019:   As part of the endeavour to support the initiative by the National Identity Management Commission’s (NIMC) to enrol Nigerian adults and children into the National Identity Database (NIDB), VFS Global announced the launch of its first National Identification Number enrolment centre in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The newly launched centre will offer enrollment services for Nigerians residing in the Kingdom with the issuance of their National Identification Number (NIN). Following the successful launch of the centre in Dubai, Johannesburg and ......read more

HE the President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) presents the first integrated logistics area at King Khalid International Airport.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  28, July  2019:    An introductory forum was held at the Fairmont Hotel in Riyadh on Thursday under the patronage of the President of GACA, HE Mr. Abdulhadi Al- Mansouri, with the presence of local and foreign companies and investors. The logistics investments and opportunities in Saudi Arabia was reviewed to show how promising this sector is, as it enables the partnership with the government sector and creates an appealing modern work environment by facilitating all the procedures, calling all the interested parties to optimize the wide Saudi logistics network and the massive cargo traffic. HE Al- Mansouri ensured the efforts of the Logistics Hub Executive Committee to overcome all the obstacles in the logistics sector, to achieve the Saudi Vision 2030. The Saudi leadership supports ......read more

Saudi Millennials are more optimistic about the future compared to global average of peers, Deloitte research reveals

• On average, Millennials in Saudi Arabia are more satisfied with their life today compared to their global peers • Saudi youth are more ambitious about career and entrepreneurship opportunities relative to the global average • Survey results show that 94 percent of Saudi Millennials would consider joining the gig economy   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – 22 May 2019:   Deloitte, a leading global provider of audit and assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services, announced today the launch of its 2019 Deloitte Global Millennial Survey. The eighth annual study found that, despite global economic growth, expansion and opportunity, younger generations are wary about the world and their place in it. But they remain hopeful and have strong values as both ......read more

Saudi Arabia's National Industrial Program, Quality of Life Program 2020 and increased market transparency are set to boost Riyadh's real estate market in the long term

KSA, Riyadh - 23 April 2019:  The ongoing mega-project announcements and improvements to government regulations are expected to boost demand for, and enhance the long term performance of Riyadh’s real estate sector, highlights JLL’s Q1 market overview. Reforms focused on increasing transparency, enhancing the logistics sector and improving the overall quality of living for Riyadh’s citizens are expected to accelerate the implementation of Vision 2030. Earlier in the year, the government announced a project of SAR 86 billion (USD 23 billion) to revamp public spaces in Riyadh, aiming to improve the quality of life for the city’s residents. The King Salman Park will promote urban development with green spaces and will include recreational areas for the benefit of the communities and citizens in Riyadh. Along ......read more

First Regional Policy Workshop On Enabling the Digital Environment

Dubai, UAE, 15 April 2019:  The Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), and the Internet Society held their first regional workshop on enabling the digital infrastructure in the Middle East region.  The workshop was attended by delegates from KSA, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and the Internet Society. The Arab governments have all either embraced or started implementing their digital transformation strategies.  The Internet infrastructure has become the basic infrastructure for the entire digital transformation.  Global research shows that the enabling factors are infrastructure, digital skills and entrepreneurship, and good governance.  The workshop aimed to identify the specific challenges and opportunities of the region.  Moreover,  the workshop  also shed  light  ......read more

Saudi Women On The Road To Vision 2030

The First Saudi Global Forum in Washington D.C. USA highlights the significance of female participation in all aspects of Saudi society Over the last two years, Saudi Arabia has been going through a groundbreaking period of transformation that is focused on diversifying its oil-dependent economy, and that has improved the rights and mobility of the Kingdom’s women. To mark this milestone phase in the country’s history, lifestyle portal AboutHer has created The AboutHer Global Forum (AGF), a platform dedicated to honoring and celebrating trailblazing Saudi women at the forefront of the country’s advancement and progress. The first edition of AGF will be held on April 16, 2019, at the George Washington University (Washington D.C., USA). AGF is an annual forum that aims with each edition to highlight the ......read more

Saudi Arabia 'A-/A-2' Ratings Affirmed; Outlook Stable

We expect the Saudi government's expansionary budget will help boost economic growth. We forecast wider fiscal deficits, but expect Saudi Arabia will retain strong government and external balance sheets. We are affirming our 'A-/A-2' long- and short-term sovereign ratings on Saudi Arabia. The outlook remains stable. Rating Action Saudi Arabia, March 30, 2019:  On March 29, 2019, S&P Global Ratings affirmed its 'A-/A-2' unsolicited longand short-term foreign and local currency sovereign credit ratings on Saudi Arabia. The outlook is stable. The stable outlook reflects our expectation that Saudi Arabia will maintain a pace of moderate economic growth and retain strong government and external balance sheets over the next two years, despite wider fiscal deficits. We could raise the ratings ......read more

New Visa Application Centre Opens in Al Khobar and Jeddah for Schengen Visas to Belgium

Managed and operated by VFS Global, the centres have started accepting visa application submissions to Belgium from residents and citizens of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Al Khobar by H.E. Dominique Mineur, Ambassador of Belgium to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, March 12, 2019:  Citizens and expatriate residents of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can apply for Schengen visas to Belgium at the new Visa Application Centres jointly launched by the Embassy of Belgium in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and VFS Global, the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide.   In an expansion drive to meet the growing travel demand to Belgium from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, VFS Global announced the launch ......read more

Reimbursement of Expat Levy Announced for Select Employers

13 February 2019 - SAUDI ARABIA    Executive summary    The Ministry of Labour and Social Development announced that select employers will be eligible for reimbursement of a monthly fee they must pay for each foreign employee under their sponsorship.    The Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) announced that select employers will be eligible for reimbursement of a monthly fee they must pay for each foreign employee under their sponsorship.    Eligibility conditions    According to  the MLSD’s announcement, employers with a Nitaqat rating of low green, medium green, high green and platinum for the past 52 weeks will be eligible for the fee refund or will be exempt from the payment, depending whether they have already settled their dues or not. ......read more

Greece partners with VFS Global to launch Visa Application Centres in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman

Greek Visa Application Centre inaugurated in Riyadh by H.E. Mr. Ioannis Taghis, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Greece, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia New centres opened in light of growing numbers of visa applications to Greece   February 11, 2019   Greece in partnership with VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions worldwide, announced the opening of two Visa Application Centres in cities of Riyadh and Al Khobar in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Greece also opened it’s very first visa application centre in Muscat, the Sultanate of Oman.   The centres started accepting visa applications for Greece from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Sultanate of Oman from January 2019. With the launch of these new centres ......read more

Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global introduce new Thailand eVisa service for Saudi travellers

Immigration Bureau of Thailand and VFS Global collaborate to offer the new eVisa On Arrival (eVOA) service for eligible travellers from 21 countries including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia*) eVOA holders save time and get a faster immigration service at dedicated Immigration counters at major airports in Thailand Travellers receive their travel authorisation online pre-departure within 24 to 72 hours of application being submitted A new ‘Express eVisa On Arrival’ service is also available for approval within 24 hours Applications to be submitted on https://thailandevoa.vfsevisa.com/  or at VFS Global visa application centres across the globe January 30, 2019:  In line with the Government of Thailand’s initiative to promote tourism, the Immigration Bureau of Thailand has partnered with VFS Global ......read more

16th edition of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals Exhibition successfully launched with more than 154 exhibitors

Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal Bin Majid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Saudi Arabia, January 28, 2019 –  16th edition of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals Exhibition opened at the Jeddah Center for forums and events, in the presence of his Highness Saud Bin Abdullah Bin Jalwi, advisor to the Governor of Makkah region, undersecretary of Jeddah Province. The exhibition, in conjunction with the Saudi Print & Pack exhibition 2019 and organized by the Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd., will continue until 30 January 2019, presenting an ideal platform for engineers, industrialists and businessmen to identify the latest products, technologies and services within the petrochemical, plastics, printing and packaging sectors. The exhibition is a real opportunity for exhibitors from around the world to ......read more

Implementation Date Announced for Long-Term Residence Permits

22 January 2019; Dubai, UAE:   Executive summary  The Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that the issuance of long-term residence permits for investors, outstanding students, foreign nationals with exceptional talents, and similarly-situated foreign nationals, as determined by the UAE government, will begin on 3 February 2019.  Categories of applicants A five-year residence permit will be available to the following categories of foreign nationals:  •        Investors in the UAE real estate market;   •        Entrepreneurs and up to three executives working for the qualifying entrepreneur;  •        Exceptional students; and  •        Spouses and children of the above ......read more

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Ajman confident in reinforcing its position in the Middle East's real estate investment map…

Ajman, April 20, 2017- The Department of Land and Real Estate Regulatory has revealed its participation in the coming Riyadh Real Estate & Urban Development Exhibition 2017 (Restatex Riyadh 2017), the largest annual Real Estate event of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will be held from April 23 to April 26, 2017 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center. ......read more

Saudi Xerox WE CARE Team Drives Blood Donation Campaign…

Campaign to cover 3 main KSA regions in collaboration with kingdom’s healthcare providers   Riyadh, KSA – 19th March 2017 – Saudi Xerox Limited (SXL), the regional leader in Business Services Sector, is focused on positioning itself as a lead role model for CSR among its stakeholders. SXL will host a two-day event from the 19th - 20th of March that will take place ......read more

Huawei and Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu sign agreements to establish Huawei Academy & ...…

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Alstom delivers on time the first metro trainset to Riyadh…

March 6, 2017 – Alstom, as a part of FAST consortium , hands over to Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA) the first of the 69 metro trainsets for Riyadh that will circulate on the lines 4, 5 and 6. The production of the metro trainsets is well on track and Alstom has set to meet its deadline and deliver all the metro trainsets by end 2018.   ADA launched in 2013 a project to build a ......read more

Successful Trials in Saudi Arabia Prove Satellites, Aerial Sensors Can Save Date Palms…

Experts at Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture to showcase game-changing solutions for regional date palm farmers Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 February 2017:  As the progressing lethal infestation of the red palm weevil beetles continues to threaten date production across the region, scientists are preparing to present the successful results of Saudi Arabian trials at the upcoming Global ......read more

Journey to End Hunger by Fatafeat and beIN encouraging the masses to take Action against Hunger – ...…

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Arab News/YouGov US election MENA poll…

Exclusive Arab News/YouGov poll surveys 3,017 people in MENA  47% of Arabs would snub both Clinton and Trump, if given chance to vote  44% would vote for Hillary Clinton with just 9% opting for Donald Trump But Republican candidate’s stance on border controls and abortion prove popular 78% of respondents say election result will have direct impact on region, regardless ......read more

Saudi delegates visit SDG to learn Dubai's smart transformation efforts…

UAE, 31 October, 2016 – A government delegation from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of Civil Service in Saudi Arabia recently visited the office of Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG), the Smart Dubai Office’s technical arm that supervises Dubai’s smart transformation efforts. The visiting delegates aimed to learn more about ......read more

Minister of Haj & Umra: Achieving Record Levels of Success Reflects Agencies' Cooperation and ...…

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Riyadh and Jeddah's Real Estate Market performance is set to improve as a result of Saudi Vision ...…

According to JLL’s Q2-2016 Riyadh and Jeddah Real Estate Overviews Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 27, July 2016 – JLL, the world's leading real estate investment and advisory firm, today has released its Q2 2016 Riyadh and Jeddah Real Estate Overview reports assessing the latest trends in the office, residential, retail and hotel sectors. With Saudi Vision 2030 pivotal to the ......read more

The Grand Haj Symposium will be launched on Sunday under the auspices of the Minister of Haj and ...…

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Ministry of Haj and Umrah: Signing Haj Agreements with more than 75 Islamic Countries and Minority ...…

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KSA Government announces regulations for White Land Tax…

Dubai, UAE, June 15, 2016:   The Council of Ministers met in Jeddah on Monday and approved a number of regulations for the introduction of the White Land Tax. Important features of these regulations include:  1.   White land is defined as empty land designated for residential and commercial use within the urban growth boundaries of all cities across the Kingdom. 2. ......read more

Delegations from Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia briefed on SDG's best government practices…

UAE, May 30, 2016- Smart Dubai Government Establishment (SDG) recently received two high-profile delegations: one from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, represented by the e-Government Program (YESSER) and another representing various Abu Dhabi government entities including the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and Ministry of Finance headed by ......read more

Tribecog unveil intelligent food waste platform…

Tribecog announced today the launch of their compact food collection units in answer to the growing problem of food waste in hotels and restaurants. It is an area of concern that is very topical as food waste is just an important issue as food security and according to a study by the United Nations 32.7% of food produced globally is wasted each year. Even in the best-run kitchens there will ......read more

Saudi Post delegation visits Emirates Post Group to review best practices…

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Itfc supports the groundnut sector of Senegal with a us$75 million agreement with the government…

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Mazola restores faith in humanity by supporting refugees in the Middle East…

Mazola’s helping hand has reached more than 5,000 Syrian refugee families. The refugee and displacement problem is one of the most complex humanitarian issues facing the Middle East today. With more than four million Syrians fleeing their home country and seeking refuge in neighbouring Middle Eastern countries it is obvious that this is one of the largest refugee evacuations in recent ......read more

Largest waste management organisation in GCC partners with Kingdom of Bahrain…

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Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim opens 2015 edition of Critical Communications Middle East in ...…

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Rapid expansion in KSA's agricultural sector complements development of human resource…

Riyadh: October 3, 2015 – Recent reports have revealed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) agriculture sector is witnessing tremendous growth and development over the past few years. A series of ongoing projects complement the expansion and enhancement of the local agriculture infrastructure with the use of most advanced technologies. In addition, the agriculture industry has ......read more

Most Powerful Arab Women 2015: Laying the foundations for future generations…

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UAE saddened by the loss of Sheikh Rashid, son of Dubai's ruler…

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Zenith lent its support to the Eric Abidal Foundation over the weekend…

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Road accidents a major source of medical evacuations of business travellers in region…

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Roche Middle East employees unite to raise funds for children in need…

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CAREEM launches regional 'Be CAREEM' Ramadan CSR campaign supporting six initiatives…

Digital campaign goes viral in aid to raise awareness on initiatives local communities can support to make a difference Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2015 – CAREEM, MENA’s leading app for booking private, chauffeur-driven cars has launched a regional Ramadan CSR campaign across the 18 cities it operates in, actively involving all its employees and avid consumers to support their local ......read more

HTC gives the Middle East region an opportunity to share, win and donate with #HTCramadan…

Give back this Ramadan by sharing your unique view on the Holy Month Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2015: HTC announced its Ramadan campaign, #HTCramadan, which will give winners the opportunity to benefit Habitat for Humanity, an international charity organisation, and win an HTC One M9 just by participating. From the start of Ramadan on June 18 until Eid, HTC invites social media users throughout the ......read more

Red Sea Mall Hosts 350 orphans for “Iftar Abna'a Al-Khair”…

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UAE Ministry of Environment and Water calls for participation in the GCC Award for the Environment ...…

June 23, 2015 - The UAE Ministry of Environment and Water has called upon all individuals, institutions and companies working in the environment and wildlife sector to participate in the Gulf Cooperation Council Award for the Environment and Wildlife. The award aims to encourage individual and collective initiatives undertaken to preserve the environment and wildlife, inspiring innovation and ......read more

FoCP launch “I deserve a life” Zakat Campaign to help cancer patients in the UAE…

Ramadan campaign approved by Scholarly Fatwa Committee Sharjah, June 22, 2015: Celebrating the month of giving this Ramadan, Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) has launched the third edition of its "I deserve a life” Zakat Campaign in order to provide treatment and care for cancer patients who cannot afford it themselves. FoCP, the region’s leading cancer specific charity, will ......read more

Jawaher Al Qasimi calls for united effort to help the 51 million refugees worldwide…

Big Heart Foundation mark World Refugee Day with $500,000 for vulnerable female refugees “With nearly 51 million refugees the situation is reaching humanitarian crisis levels,” Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Sharjah, 20 June 2015: Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, has called ......read more

Davidoff Cool Water Presents 'Love the Ocean' …

UK announces world's largest single marine reserve Following 2012 National Geographic Prisitne Seas Expedition Davidoff Cool Water is proud to share that following the 2012 National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition funded with their support, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of the world’s largest contiguous ocean reserve, setting aside 322,000 ......read more

Persil Abaya Shampoo start their “New Beginnings” campaign with Al Bir Charitable Society to ...…

~Persil Abaya Shampoo to finance women and help them pursue their dreams through Productive Families program of Al Bir~ Jeddah, KSA, 15th June 2015: Persil Abaya Shampoo, an abaya wash brand by Henkel, has initiated their “New Beginnings” campaign with Al Bir Charitable Society to help women from low income families establish micro enterprises from inside their homes in order to ......read more

Saudi Arabia orders four Airbus C295W aircraft…

The Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia has purchased in open competition, and after carrying out a complete evaluation, four C295W aircraft to enhance its capabilities. The C295W has been chosen based on its demonstrated excellent operational capabilities in hot and severe conditions and its proven affordable maintenance and operational costs. “We are very proud that the C295W is ......read more

Bin Fahad heads UAE delegation to global conference entitled ‘International Decade for Action-Water ...…

June 10, 2015 - H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, Minister of Environment and Water, headed the UAE delegation to a milestone global conference tackling the implementation of the International Decade for Action-‘Water for Life 2005-2015,’ held on June 9 to 10, 2015 in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan. The participation of the UAE in the conference reflects the country’s strong ......read more

City of Jeddah makes shift from analog to digital radio systems through Hytera's DMR Tier 3 ...…

Municipality utilizes new technology to reinforce efforts aimed at making city cleaner and sustainable Hytera, the world's leading Professional Mobile Radio communications solution provider, has revealed that its DMR Tier 3 trunking solutions have been installed and adopted for use by the Municipality of Jeddah as part of the efforts to shift from using an analog radio system to a more ......read more

6th Green Economy Annual Conference recommends forming of Operations & Communications Group…

UAE, June 03, 2015 - Participants of the 6th Green Economy Annual Conference, organized recently by the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), have recommended a formation of an Operations and Communications Group. The group will include the Central Bank of the UAE, Ministry of Environment and Water, and ......read more

Sheikh Mohammed's tweets released as book “Glimpses of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Tweets”…

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and HH Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum do the honors Rashid Centre for Disabled celebrated Rashid Cultural Season, the centre’s best annual event this year in a grand way with aplomb and enthusiasm at Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.  Cultural Season celebrated the release of ‘Glimpses of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ......read more

Ministry of Interior Certifies Honeywell to Facilitate Industrial Security and Critical ...…

Kingdom gives green light to bid for security, safety and fire protection projects in sensitive industries such as petroleum, communication, water and electricity generation Riyadh, Saudi Arabia --May 26, 2015 --Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has been officially certifiedby Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior to execute Industrial Security and Critical Infrastructure Projects(CIP) in the Kingdom. ......read more

KSA Study: Public Sector Inclined to Deploy Advanced Hybrid Cloud Models for IT…

EMC Hosts Third Edition of Public Sector Mega Workshop; Highlights Growing Interest Among Public Sector Entities in KSA to adopt Blended Cloud Models to Meet Changing Customer Requirements in the New Era of Mobile, Cloud and Big Data  Riyadh, May 24, 2015: In line with its commitment to contribute to the government and community in Saudi Arabia, EMC hosted the third edition of its ......read more

Gartner Says Governments in Middle East and North Africa to Spend US $11.97 Billion on IT in 2015…

Analysts Examine Key Industry At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015 May 19-21, Dubai Dubai, 21 May, 2015 - Governments in the Middle East and North Africa will spend US $11.97 billion on IT products and services in 2015, an increase of 0.4 percent over 2014 spending of US $11.92 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. This forecast includes spending on internal services, software, IT services, data ......read more

Gucci Parfums partners with CHIME FOR CHANGE to support children and women refugees affected by ...…

Nearly half a million dollars was donated to seven projects CHIME FOR CHANGE, the innovative global campaign founded by Gucci, promotes Education, Health and Justice for girls and women around the world. In 2014 - its first year of partnership with CHIME FOR CHANGE – Gucci Parfums exceeded its $1 million donation goal, transforming girls’ and women’s lives ......read more

National optimism rises across the Middle East, while support for free speech falls…

Study reveals changing views on political speech, social media use, news credibility; places attitudes and behaviors of Arab countries in global context Comfort expressing political opinions drops, especially in post-revolutionary countries Egypt (10 percentage point drop since 2013) and Tunisia (11 percentage point drop in same period). Trust in national media rose from 44% to 50% since ......read more

STME's enterprise backup solution benefits Saudi Ministry of Justice…

Mission-critical data protected and stored more securely through Symantec NetBackup platform  (Dubai, 12th April 2015) – STME, the Middle East’s leading solutions provider and systems integrator, has helped build the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Justice’s critical data recovery plan by installing Symantec NetBackup, an enterprise-grade backup platform that protects virtual ......read more

Arab countries urged to intensify efforts to integrate e-commerce with mail services…

UPU workshop on EMS concludes with Dubai Declaration Dubai, April 2, 2015: A workshop and symposium on latest trends in EMS -- the Express Mail Service offered by postal operators around the world -- organized by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) concluded with the Dubai Declaration that urged the postal sector in the Arab region to take advantage of the global growth of e-commerce by joining ......read more

Dubai Courts smart app wins ‘Smart Government Shield' award in Kuwait…

UAE, 23 March, 2015 - Dubai Courts has revealed that its Dubai Courts Smart Application, the world’s first of its kind judicial based smart services app, has been awarded the ‘Smart Government Shield Award’ at the UAE level category of the 6th Smart Government Competition held in Kuwait. The award was received by Abdulrahim Ahmad Almudhareb, Director – IT Department, Dubai ......read more

Dubai Customs and Saudi diplomats discuss more trade opportunities…

Dubai 21 March 2015: Dubai Customs has received a delegation from the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Dubai and Northern Emirates, in a move to deepen the economic and commercial ties between the UAE and KSA. The Saudi delegation was headed by Dr. Nayef Al Rashid, Deputy Consul General of Saudi Arabia in Dubai and northern Emirates, who was received by Faisal Lutfi, ......read more

Majid Al Futtaim Unveiled as Platinum Sponsor for Egypt Economic Development Conference ‘Egypt The ...…

UAE, March 05, 2015: Majid Al Futtaim, the leading retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has underlined its commitment to continue contributing to the economic development process in Egypt and will be a platinum sponsor at the inaugural Egypt Economic Development Conference, titled ‘Egypt The Future’. The conference will be held at Sharm el-Sheikh ......read more

Hyper Panda Retail donates AED 600,000 to Down Syndrome Association…

Hyper Panda Retail donates AED 600,000 to Down Syndrome Association The money was raised through a unique campaign “Leave the change to change their life “from December 2013 to February 7th 2015 as part of Panda’s social responsibility UAE, March 2015: At a ceremony held at HyperPanda, Dubai Festival City, on March 2nd, Panda Retail Company CEO Muwaffaq Mansour Jamal ......read more

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