The Urology Conference kicks off in Dubai, attended by 2,500 doctors from 75 countries

The Urology Conference kicks off in Dubai, attended by 2,500 doctors from 75 countries

Dubai,28 September 2023

The activities of the Emirates Urological Association Conference and the 20th Asian Conference were launched in Dubai this evening, which Dubai is hosting for the first time in the Middle East and the Gulf, with the participation of more than 2,500 doctors from more than 75 countries at the Conrad Dubai Hotel.

Dr. Abdul Qader Al Zarouni, President of the Emirates Urological Society and Chairman of the Conference, welcomed the hosting of the Asian Conference, which Dubai is hosting for the first time, stressing that the discussions that will be conducted by the doctors participating in the conference, whether through lectures and research or sessions and discussions, will result in positive results that will benefit the participating doctors and patients in a great way. Oh

Dr. Yasser Al-Saeedi, Vice President of the Society, indicated that the conference will focus on developing clinical skills and training on the latest technologies and modern devices in all subspecialties in kidney diseases and urinary tract surgeries.

He added that the conference will discuss over three days approximately 1,000 working and research papers, most of which will be reviewed in separate sessions to encourage medical personnel to research and scientific publication, in addition to holding 14 workshops for training, work and practice using the latest modern technologies such as robotics and modern technology in urology.

Dr. Younis Al-Shamsi, Secretary of the Urology Society, expressed his happiness at hosting the twentieth Asian Urology Conference, expressing his hope that the conferences will produce results that will benefit all participants in developing their scientific and practical expertise to serve urinary tract disease.

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Al Masaood Bergum Joins Global Architecture and Construction Leaders at Cityscape Global 2023

Al Masaood Bergum Joins Global Architecture and Construction Leaders at Cityscape Global 2023

[Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates] – September 10, 2023 – Al Masaood Bergum, part of Al Masaood Group and one of the UAE’s leading modular building system providers, is set to join global construction experts and showcase its commitment to sustainable and innovative modular building solutions at Cityscape Global 2023. The highly anticipated event will take place from September 10-13 at the Riyadh Exhibition Center in Malham, Saudi Arabia, bringing together industry leaders to explore the latest advancements shaping the future of architecture and construction.


Commenting on its participation, Jens Otterstedt, the General Manager of Al Masaood Bergum, said: “As we come together with industry leaders at Cityscape 2023, we remain steadfast in our dedication to offering comprehensive and strategic solutions that support the transformation of the architecture and  construction industries to a cleaner future. We advocate for sustainable and innovative solutions that redefine the essence of architecture from an industrial perspective. This event offers a unique opportunity to spark architectural innovations, showcase our sustainable building systems and share our expertise, contributing to shaping a new era in construction.”


According to BCG statistics, building materials sourcing contributes between 10% to 30% of global building emissions, creating an urgent need for sustainable construction practices in the region. Visitors to Al Masaood Bergum’s stand, located at H1.P34, will have the opportunity to explore the company’s innovative solutions that have a sustainable impact, including Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building system and Hybrid Modular Building System. CLT, an eco-conscious engineered solid wood panel, is fabricated from a highly sustainable carbon-sequestering substance. It offers a wide range of applications, including structural components, floors, walls, and roofing, and presents an effective solution for sustainable construction with its exceptional resistance, thermal and acoustic properties, and versatile architectural options.

Additionally, Al Masaood Bergum will be showcasing the Hybrid Modular Building System, a rapidly growing cold-formed steel-based modular construction system manufactured at the company’s facility to make the construction process easier and products stronger. Al Masaood Bergum enhances its systems by employing standardization processes and state-of-the-art engineering strategies, guaranteeing the seamless production of modular units on a substantial scale.

Cityscape Global 2023 serves as a hub of knowledge exchange, where industry leaders, architects, and professionals gather to explore emerging trends and advancements in the built environment. To learn more about Al Masaood Bergum’s pioneering approach to sustainable construction through innovative modular building systems, visit


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Nahyan bin Mubarak attends Call From Space event with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyedi

Nahyan bin Mubarak attends Call From Space event with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyedi

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 August, 2023: His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, has attended the Abu Dhabi edition of A Call from Space, a live interactive session with astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi from the International Space Station (ISS), organised by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in partnership with the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The event was attended by students, government officials and space enthusiasts who engaged in a real-time interaction with the UAE’s representative in space.


His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan said: “We are incredibly proud of you, Sultan. Your accomplishments have ignited a beacon of inspiration for our younger generations. There is no doubt that this experience will create opportunities and open scientific horizons for the Arab youth. Your mission not only serves as a catalyst for a growing interest in science and technology but also as a compelling call to engage with the intriguing field of space science.


“Our nation remains steadfast in its pursuit of excellence in science and future-centric industries, fulfilling the dreams of our late founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Space exploration and the advancement of scientific research encapsulate our national vision and embodies our commitment to serving humanity.


“Indeed, this is a dream transformed into reality, made possible by the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. His consistent advocacy for fostering a culture of scientific exploration and innovation, along with the creation of opportunities for young aspirants like yourself, has been a guiding force. Our youth, nurtured on the core values of love, goodness, mutual respect, and harmonious coexistence with diverse cultures and beliefs, stand poised to carry forward this legacy of exploration and innovation.”


Sultan Al Neyedi said: “Thank you, your excellency, for your kind words. You have been, and still are, one of the biggest advocates of culture and tolerance in the UAE and the Arab world. Our nation is making big strides in all fields. Our presence on the ISS stands as a powerful testament to the fact that nothing is impossible. This ethos is the motto of our beloved country, and with the support of our wise leadership and the aspirations of our youth, we will continue to achieve more accomplishments.”


The Abu Dhabi edition also had a surprise for Al Neyadi, with his father Saif Al Neyadi attending the event in person.


His Excellency Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman of MBRSC, said: “We are deeply grateful to His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for gracing this pivotal event with his esteemed presence. His support significantly bolsters the growth of the space sector in the UAE and echoes across the Arab world. Sultan’s accomplishments in space and his journey represents our nation’s aspirations and its relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation in space exploration, while also inspiring a new generation to look up to space and contemplate its endless possibilities.”


His Excellency Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General of MBRSC, said: “We extend our heartfelt appreciation to His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for gracing this event. We also thank Louvre Abu Dhabi for their continued support and collaboration. This series of conversations with Sultan has been an incredibly inspiring journey for all of us. Sultan’s mission has significantly elevated the interest in space, science, and technology among the youth of the UAE. His endeavours are stimulating curiosity and ambition, planting the seeds for the future astronauts, scientists, and innovators of our nation.”


Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “It is truly an honour for Louvre Abu Dhabi to be chosen as the venue for A Call from Space with Emirati astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi, here in Abu Dhabi. This is an extraordinary moment that speaks volumes of the importance of engaging with young and curious minds, inspiring them to make a profound impact on our world and beyond, and that is precisely what we aspire to do with Picturing the Cosmos exhibition. In collaboration with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, UAE Space Agency and the partnership of Mubadala, we are able to deliver an awe-inspiring exhibition that showcases the limitless wonders of the cosmos and builds a bridge between the museum, art history, science and the UAE vision of space exploration.”


Approximately 300 people attended the event at Louvre Abu Dhabi listening to Al Neyadi’s who providedinformation and insights into his mission, which is the longest Arab space mission in history. Responding to various queries, Al Neyadi discussed about the importance of the suit he wore during the spacewalk, the effect of the microgravity environment on his body, and how he maintains his immunity on the ISS, among others.


The current mission, marking Al Neyadi’s sixth month in space, has achieved numerous firsts for an Arab astronaut, such as conducting a spacewalk, performing scientific experiments, and more. As the A Call from Space series nears its conclusion, it has granted close to 10,000 attendees the unique opportunity to connect with Al Neyadi, gaining an understanding of his mission, life aboard the ISS, and space exploration in general.


The MBRSC-Louvre Abu Dhabi collaboration extends beyond A Call from Space, recently announcing a partnership for the interactive exhibition, Picturing the Cosmos, which is currently on display at the museum. The exhibition seeks to inspire children through a compelling adventure exploring celestial space through its artistic representations across time and cultures.


The UAE Astronaut Programme is one of the projects managed by MBRSC under the UAE’s National Space Programme and funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), which aims to support research and development in the ICT sector in the UAE and promote the country’s integration on the global stage.

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UAE Society of Engineers opens registration for second edition  of Excellence and Creative Engineering Award

UAE Society of Engineers opens registration for second edition of Excellence and Creative Engineering Award

Under the Patronage of Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 July 2023: The UAE Society of Engineers has announced the opening of registration for the 2nd Excellence and Creative Engineering Award under the patronage of Sheikh Rashid bin Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Supreme President of the Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance. The Award, which primarily aims to promote and encourage a culture of excellence, innovation, and creativity and highlight the significance of national engineering work, seeks to ignite a spirit of competition, leadership and excellence in various engineering fields to keep up with the fast-paced advancements globally.

The Excellence and Creative Engineering Award, initiated under the directives of the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, may he rest in peace, is the first of its kind in the UAE. It is designed to highlight the best practices and innovative engineering models that have proven successful to further develop engineering projects across diverse fields.

“I am pleased to officially announce the launch of the second edition of the Excellence and Creative Engineering Award, which will accept entries until October 17th. This Award is a testament to our commitment to promoting innovation and excellence in engineering across the UAE. Aligned with the UAE’s Centennial Plan 2071, which considers innovation as one of the national priorities, this Award is part of the efforts to achieve a diverse knowledge-based economy led by competent Emiratis, ensuring sustainable prosperity by keeping pace with the continuous development in the engineering sector and adopting and implementing


innovative projects and ideas,” Eng. Abdulla Yousef Al Ali, President of the UAE Society of Engineers, said.

He added: “The Award honors the outstanding contributions and achievements in the engineering sector, and inspires the next generation of engineers to push the boundaries of what is possible and make a positive impact on society. It also seeks to adopt winning projects and innovative ideas in the sector, motivating and encouraging engineers to innovate and provide sustainable and innovative solutions and practices. Furthermore, the Award plays a role in enhancing the ability of institutions, companies, and individuals to adopt an active, competitive, and inspiring environment for exploring new horizons, achieving leadership and excellence, and unprecedented achievements in the engineering fields, contributing to ensuring a sustainable and better future.”

The Award’s organizers have also announced the addition of new sub-categories for the competition this year, bringing the total number to 11 sub-categories, compared to seven last year. These include the Pioneering Engineering Project Award, Best Engineering Consultancy Company Award, Best Engineering Services Company Award, Best Construction Company Award, and Best Industrial Company Award. The awards for Best Startup Engineering Company and Best Scientific Research in Engineering Field were recently added to the list.

The Pioneering Engineering Project Award, meanwhile, will be given to the Best Mega Project, Best Medium Project, and Best Small Project.

For the Individual category, there will still be the Leading Personnel, Outstanding Engineer, Outstanding Student, and Rising Engineer awards. The Rising Engineer Award is the new name given to last year’s Future Engineer Award.


Those who are eligible to join are Government and Ministers, Consultants and Engineering Services Providers, Industrial Companies, Engineering Start-ups, Contractors, Students and Professors in Educational Institutes, Research Centres, Project Owners, and Project Management Companies.

The Excellence and Creative Engineering Award is based on the highest international standards for excellence and innovation in the engineering sector and operates with complete transparency and a rigorous evaluation process, overseen by a committee of experts in various engineering fields. The evaluation process assesses the quality of the project and the extent to which innovation and technical excellence are employed throughout the project life cycle, from the design concept, engineering, and construction, to their impact on society and the environment. Participants can submit any previous, current, or future projects.

Launched in March 2022, the Excellence and Creative Engineering Award was intended to foster a culture of creativity and enhance the pace of innovative competition in the field of engineering designs and projects. This initiative is in line with the country’s vision, strategies, and national projects, which are focused on achieving leadership, quality, and excellence across various sectors and fields.

The UAE Society of Engineers, which organizes the Award, has been in existence since 1979 and has attracted over 65,000 engineers and engineering companies to its membership. Over the years, the association has made remarkable progress in the field of engineering certification, organizing professional practices, standards and specifications, and developing the skills and qualifications of all engineers in the UAE through its Accreditation Committee.

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Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed receives The Regent of Pahang

Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed receives The Regent of Pahang


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 24 July: His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has received His Royal Highness, Prince Tengku Hassanal Ibrahim Alam Shah, Regent of Pahang, son of His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, King of Malaysia.


During the meeting at the offices of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, His Highness Sheikh Khaled welcomed Prince Hassanal Ibrahim to the UAE and discussed the close relations between the UAE and Malaysia, as well as opportunities for collaboration across fields of mutual interest to serve the interests of the people of both nations.


The meeting was held in the presence of His Excellency Saif Saeed Ghobash, Secretary General of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and Mansour Al Dhaheri.

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SCCI, Costa Rica discuss ways to expand industrial, commercial ties and cooperation

SCCI, Costa Rica discuss ways to expand industrial, commercial ties and cooperation

Sharjah, 18 July 2023

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has discussed ways to advance bilateral economic relations between the Emirate of Sharjah and the Republic of Costa Rica.

The Chamber also held fruitful discussion to strengthen commercial and industrial cooperation and investment among the private sector organisations, institutions, and events within the framework of the friendly relationship that combines both nations.

This was discussed during the meeting held at SCCI’s headquarter, between His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, SCCI Chairman; His Excellency Francisco J. Chacon Hernández, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to the UAE, and Her Excellency Karina Molina, Trade Commissioner for the Middle East at Costa Rica Embassy.

His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, SCCI Director General; Abdulaziz Mohammed Shattaf, Assistant Director General for Communication and Business Sector; and Fatima Khalifa Al-Muqrab, SCCI Director for International Relations, we’re also present on the occasion.

In order to encourage Costa Rican business community to increase its investments in Sharjah, SCCI reviewed the incentives, privileges, and various forms of support and assistance offered by the Emirate to foreign companies operating in the sectors and fields consistent with Sharjah’s economic vision and future directions towards achieving sustainable development.

His Excellency Abdullah Sultan Al Owais welcomed the delegation and praised the friendly ties between the two nations, as well as their strong partnership which spans a variety of economic and trade spheres. This partnership has created a strong framework for expanding trade and investment opportunities and horizons between the business communities of the UAE and Costa Rica. This is in line with a goal shared by the leaders of the two nations that were recently represented by conducting negotiations and discussions to eventually sign a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which will usher in a new era of trade and investment cooperation in a variety of fields and support the two nations’ sustainable economic growth.

For his part, H.E. Francisco J. Chacon Hernández expressed his sincere gratitude to the SCCI for its ongoing commitment to enhancing bilateral ties and promoting investment in crucial industries. He also highlighted the need to continue efforts to enhance cooperation in many areas of shared interest, including the agricultural and food sectors, etc. Chacon urged the SCCI to take part in the business buyer exhibition, which will be held in Costa Rica from September 27 to 28, 2023, and the education exhibition, which will be held from September 25 to 26, 2023. These events will cover topics such as specialized education issues, sustainability, agriculture, and biodiversity.

In a way that served their shared interests, Chacon also extended an invitation to the Emirati business community to travel to Costa Rica and learn about the investment prospects it offers.

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BNI Expo 2023 Concludes Empowering Business Connections and Growth

BNI Expo 2023 Concludes Empowering Business Connections and Growth

06 July 2023, Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Business Network International (BNI®) UAE proudly concludes its highly anticipated BNI Expo UAE 2023, held on June 24th, at the prestigious Le Meridian Hotel & Conference Centre. With the agenda ‘Get Ahead of the Curve,’ the event brought together a diverse range of business professionals, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders, providing an invaluable platform for networking, knowledge sharing, and business growth. The event was graced by the esteemed presence of K. Kalimuthu, Consul (Economic, Trade & Commerce) at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, addressing the attendees on the growing importance of strategic partnerships in the thriving Dubai market for sustained success.

In the vibrant setting of the BNI Expo, around 900 attendees, including key industry delegates, exhibitors, and visitors from various nationalities, came together to forge connections, foster collaboration, and stimulate business growth through strategic networking opportunities. The event had approximately 75 trade booths exhibiting new-age business innovation and unique offerings catering to various sectors. Additionally, the event served as a pivotal platform for SMEs offering ample opportunities for collaboration and business expansion.

India and the UAE share a strong and enduring relationship not only in terms of business partnership but also due to geographical proximity and cultural familiarity.

Speaking about the long-standing partnership between the two countries, Mr. K. Kalimuthu, Consul (Economic, Trade & Commerce) at the Consulate General of India in Dubai, said, “The UAE government has consistently taken the lead in introducing initiatives to enhance trade and investment. Given that the UAE is our third-largest trading partner, it is imperative for both countries to cultivate a harmonious business environment. The recent launch of their ambitious plan, D33, which aims to double foreign trade and investment by 2023, revitalizes our efforts to strengthen our trade relations. In line with this, organizations like BNI play a vital role. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to BNI UAE for a successful year. The Expo event has truly showcased the vibrant business landscape and the potential for sustained success in the UAE market. It has brought businesses of diverse nationalities and regions together to connect and grow, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and supporting the development of a diverse and resilient economy.”

Organized by BNI UAE, the BNI Expo presents a unique opportunity for professionals to blend innovation with referrals and establish invaluable business connections. Over the course of 18 years, BNI UAE has cultivated a thriving community of over 1,000 members, whose contributions have significantly fostered a conducive business environment in the region. Their combined efforts have generated business worth over 2.5 billion AED. Presently, the organization operates through 22 strategically connected BNI chapters across the region. In 2023, BNI UAE recorded over 30% growth in its membership and generated over 48% more business compared to the previous year.

Speaking about the growth of BNI UAE, Bijay Shah, National Director of BNI UAE, said,In today’s dynamic business landscape, establishing strong connections and harnessing the power of collaboration is essential for achieving success. We take immense pride in being part of this journey towards business excellence. The remarkable response to the BNI Expo 2023 is a testament to the significant impact of referral-based business and its vast potential for individuals and organizations in the UAE. Moreover to that, considering the impressive growth of BNI UAE earlier this year, we are pleased to announce our decision to expand BNI UAE chapters within Dubai, as well as in Oman and Bahrain, starting from July 20th.

The event featured an impressive lineup of speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and interactive sessions, covering a wide array of topics crucial to business success in the ever-evolving landscape of the UAE. Adding to the stellar lineup of speakers, Fahed Bizzari, a leading ChatGPT thought leader, brought valuable perspectives on the intersection of artificial intelligence, technology, and business growth.

Attendees of the BNI Annual Networking Event experienced a day filled with engaging conference content, interactive sessions, and networking opportunities. They had the chance to gain valuable insights from industry experts, learn about emerging trends, and acquire practical strategies to navigate the challenges and seize the opportunities in today’s competitive business environment.

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Gems, Gold, and Glitter: The 4th Jewels of the Emirates Show Dazzles at Expo Centre Sharjah

Gems, Gold, and Glitter: The 4th Jewels of the Emirates Show Dazzles at Expo Centre Sharjah


From Goldsmiths to Storytellers: Emirati Artisans Weave Tales of Heritage at the ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ Show


Sharjah, June 4, 202

The fourth edition of the “Jewels of the Emirates” Show, currently taking place at Expo Centre Sharjah, continues to dazzle visitors with an impressive array of diamond, gold, silver, and pearl jewellery, luxury watches, and perfumes, giving them the opportunity to explore the latest collections from leading local and international jewellery houses.

Organized by the Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the show, which concludes today’s evening, has established itself as a vital platform over the past three years. It is not only promoting Emirati designers but also showcasing their exceptional craftsmanship, highlighting their beautiful ornaments and jewellery meticulously crafted by their skilled hands.

The exhibition has also been serving as an avenue for such talented designers to showcase their innovations alongside globally recognized brands, attracting both local and international visitors.

A standout feature of this year’s show is the “Emirati Goldsmiths” platform, an initiative of the Sharjah Chamber aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and youth projects.

As many as 14 Emirati designers have been given the opportunity to display their remarkable talents. Their modern and sophisticated designs have garnered significant attention, appealing to visitors with discerning tastes.

Moreover, their creations successfully capture and celebrate the authentic Emirati and Arab identity, incorporating intricate engravings and symbolic elements inspired by the rich heritage and history of the UAE.

The “Emirati Goldsmiths” platform, within the exhibition, has become a major attraction for jewellery enthusiasts. Through the brilliance of gold, these designers have artistically depicted the essence of the UAE, paying homage to its past and present. Each piece tells a story, unveiling the secrets and symbolism hidden within the precious metal, forming a breathtaking visual representation of the country’s cultural heritage.

H.E. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah, said the ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ Show holds a profound purpose to establish an annual platform where Emirati entrepreneurs and talented individuals can unveil their unique works, creations, and designs.

“It offers them the opportunity to showcase their artistry before a discerning audience at Expo Centre Sharjah, a destination that has become a paramount international venue hosting three major specialized exhibitions in gold, jewellery, and watches. This event fosters an environment for exchanging experiences, learning from the best local and international practices, and staying updated with the latest designs and fashion trends presented by esteemed designers and brands. We are proud to empower Emirati talent and provide them with a stage to shine,” Al Midfa said.

For her part, Mona Sultan Al SuwaidiDirector of the Executive Office of the SCCI’s Chairman and the person responsible for the Emirati Goldsmiths platform, said: “We are deeply committed to actively involving the ‘Emirati Goldsmiths’ platform in every specialized event, be it local or international. Our ultimate goal is to enhance their experiences, nurture their talents, foster meaningful connections, and provide them with ample opportunities to exhibit their artistic creations and exquisite jewelry designs. With our current membership of 210 talented designers, and growing, we owe this success to the unwavering support extended by the Sharjah Chamber and the Expo Centre Sharjah. Together, we are committed to introducing visitors to the exhibition to the remarkable talent and artistic vision of our Emirati Goldsmiths.”

Several Emirati designers taking part in the “Emirati Goldsmiths” platform expressed their gratitude to the Sharjah Chamber and Expo Center Sharjah for their unwavering support and the numerous facilities offered to all platform members. They emphasized the exhibition’s value as an annual occasion to delve into the global world of gold jewelry, rubbing shoulders with leading designers and international jewelry houses.

Abeer Al Rubaidi, owner of Abali Jewelry and a longstanding participant in the exhibition since its inception, highlighted her focus on highlighting the beauty of Arabic calligraphy in her designs. She skillfully incorporates it into her exquisite ornaments and jewelry, capturing the attention of visitors and receiving tremendous support for her project.

One of the most remarkable pieces she unveiled during the event was Al Dar Necklace, which draws inspiration from the traditional Emirati house’s shape. Adorned with Arabic inscriptions, this captivating piece carries a heartfelt message dedicated to mothers. Symbolizing the house that embraces us all, it embodies a sense of security and holds a special place in our hearts.

Furthermore, Hajer Samarai, participating for the third time in the exhibition, demonstrated her dedication to presenting collections inspired by the Emirati heritage and the timeless Arabian horse. Through her innovative use of gold and precious stones, she showcases unique combinations that can be worn in various styles, adding versatility and charm to her creations.

The exhibition dazzled its visitors with an opulent showcase of precious gold and diamonds prizes, while the exhibitors unveiled a plethora of exclusive offers and discounts, adding to the allure of the event.

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‘Jewels of the Emirates’ kicks off in Sharjah, showcasing Emirati excellence in gold and jewelry

‘Jewels of the Emirates’ kicks off in Sharjah, showcasing Emirati excellence in gold and jewelry

Sharjah, June 1, 2023

The fourth edition of the ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ show commenced today (Thursday) in Sharjah, an event that has the distinction of being the first Emirati exhibition dedicated to diamond jewelry, gold, silver, pearls, luxury watches, and perfumes.

Hosted by the Expo Centre Sharjah with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), the show is set to captivate visitors over its four-day duration, bringing together leading Emirati gold and jewelry design pioneers. It features over 100 exhibitors from renowned local brands specializing in gold, silver, diamonds, and precious stones.

Sheikh Majid bin Faisal bin Khalid Al Qasimi, First Deputy Chairman of the Chamber, inaugurated the exhibition in the presence of members of the Board of Directors of the Chamber and Expo Centre Sharjah, including HE Mohammad Ahmed Amin Al Awadi, Director-General of SCCI, and HE Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah. Also present were senior official and representatives of major companies and brands participating in the event.

Following the inauguration, attendees toured the exhibition, where they had the opportunity to view the latest jewelry collections and contemporary designs displayed by local companies. Visitors also interacted with numerous Emirati designers, listening to them explain their exceptional gold creations and unique designs, which align with current fashion trends while maintaining the authenticity of Emirati heritage.

Sheikh Majid bin Faisal bin Khalid Al Qasimi emphasized that the ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ show is a key component of SCCI’s strategic vision. “We look forward to bolstering the exhibition industry’s role in reinforcing the local gold and jewelry sectors, stimulating the trade of precious metals and gemstones, and elevating the UAE’s status as a global hub for these industries.”

Sheikh Majid added: “This event has successfully secured a leading position among local exhibitions that specialize in gold and jewelry. It has blossomed into a distinguished platform that magnetizes top local brands and Emirati jewelry designers.” “We’ve noticed a special enthusiasm among young people who are keen to participate in its activities annually. Their involvement is critical for the continued growth and evolution of this sector.”

HE Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, meanwhile, said: “The UAE led the Middle Eastern countries in the volume of gold sales during the past year, according to the ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report by the World Gold Council.”

“The volume of gold sales in the UAE witnessed a substantial growth of 33.1% in 2022, reaching 55.4 tons, up from 41.6 tons in 2021. These promising figures underscore the flourishing nature of our local gold industry.” Al Midfa said:

Given these promising statistics, Al Midfa underscored Expo Centre Sharjah’s commitment to continue supporting the local gold industry and trade. “The Centre has already established itself as a significant platform for trading gold, jewelry, and watches in the Middle East, attracting a plethora of renowned brands, merchants, designers, and craftsmen, all vying to enhance their presence in the regional markets.”

He lauded the impressive participation seen at the fourth edition of the ‘Jewels of the Emirates’ show, which not only showcased the most significant local brands but also featured a selection of elite small and medium-sized businesses and Emirati entrepreneurs operating within the gold and jewelry industry.

Spread over an area of 10,000 square meters, the exhibition’s pavilions have attracted a huge turnout of visitors, who were drawn to the remarkable display of exclusive and rare collections of gold works, the latest fashion trends in ornaments, natural pearls, and precious stones. Visitors also viewed the unique creations of Emirati designers, whose work reflected a distinct aesthetic sense, combining elements of ancient Arab and Emirati heritage with contemporary design lines.

The exhibition continues to welcome visitors on Friday from 3 PM to 10 PM and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 PM to 10 PM.

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Bango, TPAY, and Etisalat Egypt launch Direct Carrier Billing with Google 

Bango, TPAY, and Etisalat Egypt launch Direct Carrier Billing with Google 

To Enable IN-APP Purchases and Subscriptions for over 30 million Subscribers

10 May 2023 — TPAY, the leading payment provider for the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa (META), today announces, through its partnership with Bango and Etisalat Egypt, the launch of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) with Google for over 30 million subscribers. The collaboration will create an easier experience for Android users to purchase apps, games, and digital content on their devices on Google Play.

This partnership provides Etisalat customers the ability to pay for in-app purchases and services subscriptions through their mobile number (Direct Carrier Billing), bringing Google Play Store’s content within reach of more than 60% of Egypt’s population who do not have access to traditional payment methods (e.g. credit/debit cards). This launch reinforces TPAY’s mission to accept online payments easily and securely within the META region and facilitate fast and smooth cross border settlements.

With the introduction of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) with Google, customers can now perform any online purchase transaction through the Google Play Store by paying for their purchases via their mobile phone balance without the need of using their credit cards.

Paul Larbey, Bango CEO, said, “This is an important launch for carrier billing, providing phone users in Egypt with an easy payment opportunity in the world’s biggest app store. Our partnership with TPAY brings Bango Payment technology together with TPAY’s operational expertise, enabling developers to monetize their apps more successfully.”

Ahmed Yehia, Etisalat Egypt Chief Consumer Officer, added, “We are delighted to enable Direct Carrier Billing for our customers – the fastest, easiest, and most convenient way to pay for the vast range of content and services available on the Google Play store. Customer satisfaction is our key focus and DCB adds even more value for our customers.”

Raj Soni, TPAY COO, commented: “We are committed to provide our merchants with the most convenient/secure payment method for micro payment transactions and the best-in-class payment journey to help them sustainably grow their business in our region, which is evidently the next growth frontier for global merchants. Our partnership with Bango – a global leader and innovator in online commerce – remains a significant milestone in TPAY’s journey, reiterating our vision to be the leader in payments across the Middle East, Türkiye, and Africa”.

The Google Play store is the official application store for Android smartphones and tablets. Google makes software applications, music, movies, and books available for purchase and download through the store. The Google Play store, which comes pre-installed on Android devices, allows users to purchase, download and install applications from Google and third-party developers.

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