Go Professional with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Go Professional with the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Dual Pixel image sensor enables high quality photographyeven in low light

Blurry pictures in low-light environments are now a thing of the past thanks to the Galaxy S7 and S7 edgeemploying the Dual Pixel image sensor—a first for a smartphone.  With fast shooting abilities, the devices also include the latestnew camera technology such as Motion Panorama and Selfie Flash.

The Dual Pixel image sensor employed in the camera of the Galaxy S7 splits every single pixel into two photodiodes for on-chip phase detection, promising vastly improved autofocus performance.Dual Pixel technology, which is utilized in selective, high-end DSLR camera models, as well as those of the Galaxy S7, sends light from the lens to two image sensors separately to adjust the focus, much in the same way that the human eye does.

The Galaxy S7’s Motion Panorama Shot feature lets one record the movements of the subject being photographed in the Panorama Shot mode. The resulting images are as vivid and vibrant as videos. By simply swiping the captured image or moving the device a bit, users can view the motions of the captured panorama shot.

  • In Camera, select MODE > Panorama.
  • At the top of the screen, tap the Motion On icon. Select On. Tap the Camera button and take a panoramic shot by moving the device in one direction.
  • To view the video clip, locate the image in Gallery. Tap the Motion Panorama icon at the top right of the screen.
  • Tilt your phone or swipe the screen to interactively view the animated image.
  • You can share Motion Panorama as a video file or an image file.

Another new feature of the Galaxy S7 is Hyperlapse, a variation of time lapse photography tailor-made for smartphones. Through Hyperlapse, users can compress hours of recording into seconds to illustrate the subtle movements of the photographed subject. The device automatically selects frames with soft and stable images, while minimizing camera shake with its adaptive vDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization) function to produce a stable time lapse video. The new feature automatically adjusts shooting speed based on the subject’s movements. It shoots slow moving subjects faster, and vice versa, making time lapse recording easier and more intuitive for beginners.


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  • In Camera, select MODE >Hyperlapse
  • Tap Record button.
  • Tap Stop icon and save.

The front-facing camera, like the rear camera, features an F1.7 lens to delivers bright, colorful selfies, even in low light. It also supports a Selfie Flash feature, which enables the user to use the AMOLED display of the phone as a camera flash when taking selfies in a low light environment (lower than 20Lux).Taking advantage of the large, 5.1-inch display of the Galaxy S7, the camera flash has a greater but softer light-emitting surface than that of its LED flash. This results in a much softer surface lighting effect, which translates into a more colorful expression of the whole face. The Galaxy S7 has also improved on its Beauty Face Shot mode by adding a 3D lighting effect to deliver brighter and clearer selfies, while Wide Selfie Shot mode creates a panorama effect. Additionally, the real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature allows for images with even richer colors.

The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge′s Pro mode lets users dial things in DSLR-like fashion, with control of exposure, shutter speed, ISO and white balance to more accurately produce one’s desired results.

  • In Camera, select MODE > Pro.

By enabling Motion Photo, you can record a short video clip of the brief action leading up to the captured moment. Even if you don’t press the shutter at the right second, you can extract the best frame from the video, and share or print it. This is especially handy for capturing those time-sensitive moments, such as baby’s first steps or the grand finale at a fireworks show.

  • In Settings, select Applications > Camera.
  • Turn on Motion Photo.
  • In Camera, tap the Camera button and take a photograph as you normally would.
  • To view the video clip, locate the photograph in Gallery.
  • Tap the Motion Photo icon at the top right of the screen.

You can add other modes by selecting Download at the top of the MODE menu.Dual Camera mode is one example. It uses multi-tracking to allow for simultaneous video recording from the front and rear cameras. Both videos can then be applied to a single screen to create one single video clip.

  • In Camera, select MODE > Dual Camera.
  • Tap the Dual Camera icon at the top of the screen. Select your preferred shape and drag it to your selected location on the screen.
  • Tap the Camera button to take a picture or the Record button to take a video.
  • To view, locate the video (or still image) in Gallery, then tap the Dual Camera icon.
  • At the bottom of the screen of the video, choose Single view, where you can switch back and forth between the recorded videos, or Dual view to watch them both at the same time. (Still images can only be viewed one at a time.)

With the Auto camera mode of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, you can produce optimal photographs without having to further adjust the camera’s settings. This rings true in all lighting conditions, even in low-light and backlit environments, and requires only a tap of the shutter button.

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Atlantis, The Palm awards Al Basel Consultancy with ‘Highest Seller of Bridge Suite’ distinction


Leading hospitality consultancy firm recognized for its contribution of over AED 75 million in sales over the last four years


July 28, 2016


Al Basel Consultancy, a prestigious high-end consultancy firm and member of the Al Basel Group of Companies, recently received the ‘Highest Seller of Bridge Suite’ award from Atlantis, The Palm, a premiere Dubai luxury hotellocated at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in the UAE. The award was given in recognition of the company’s exemplary performance and key contributions–resulting in driving in more than AED 75 million in sales over the last four years.

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According to the company’s senior executives, the award reflects the strength of the partnership between Al Basel Consultancy and Atlantis, The Palm. Under the terms of an earlier agreement signed by both parties, Al Basel Consultancy has been tasked with leveraging the luxury hotel’s accommodations and facilities across the GCC’s high-end nationals, residents and international tourists visiting the UAE. The company also renders essential consultancy services, advising the hotel on important issues like sponsorship, marketing, promotions and development. The Royal Bridge Suites are Atlantis, The Palm’s crown jewel in its line of iconic signature suites. Standing at 924 square meters, the Royal Bridge Suite offers unrivalled panoramic views of the emirate while also affording guests with a private, exclusive and truly unique experience.


“We would like to thank Atlantis, The Palm for giving us this award, which truly reflects the strong partnership ties that Al Basel Consultancy has maintained with them over the last few years. Our commitment and extreme dedication has played a key factor to our success, resulting in contributing more than AED 75 million worth of sales for the hotel’s hugely popular Royal Bridge Suites. This award will inspire us further into promoting the hotel across the rapidly growing global tourist market—strongly positioning Atlantis, The Palm as a highly preferred and widely recommended place of stay while visiting Dubai and the rest of the UAE,” concluded Basel Al Kasem, Founder & CEO, Al Basel Consultancy.




About Al Basel Consultancy

Al Basel Consultancy is a leading UAE-based high-end consultancy services provider. Since its establishment in (2007), the company has developed a wide portfolio of unique and innovative brokerage services that are collectively aimed at encouraging higher quality and best practices for the country’s current line of commercial and residential offerings while also attracting potential clients to invest into these offerings. Over the years, the company has managed to maintain a strong presence through its management of prestigious VIP projects combined with a continuously growing VIP network of partners and clients. Al Basel Consultancy offers five strategic services to its clients—segmenting the right partners in the GCC; quality standards across transactions; advanced residential & commercial brokerage; specialized advice on ROI options and the offer of due diligence. The company’s partners include Belhasa International Company, Najd Rent a Car, Al Basel Real Estate Brokers and Al Habtoor Hospitality.



TAQNIA Cyber and Koenig Solutions partner to open modern cyber academyin Riyadh’s Business Gate

Alliance set to offer advanced IT programs and highly technical cyber security training programs for professionals in KSA

July 28, 2016

A newly-formed strategic partnership between TAQNIA Cyber,a leading information security company in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA),and Koenig Solutions, a leading IT training provider and the world’s number one offshore training company, is expected to result in the opening of a high-end cyber academy inside Business Gate ofRiyadh City,the capital of theKSA. The academy is expected to develop and offer advanced IT programs and highly technical cyber security training programs for IT professionals in KSA and nearby countries.

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According to TAQNIA Cyber senior officials, the academy will cater to the needs of cyber security experts from leading banks, financial institutions, government entities, law firms, healthcare centres, utility and transportation providers.These programs will cover relevant training technics in order to assess customer employees’ cyber maturity and/or to provide them the keys to understanding the latest cyber security challenges. TAQNIA Cyber is a government-owned company specializing in the fields of Information Security, Communication Security and Signal Intelligence that offers its services and consultations to both public and private sectors. The modern training facility will also offer Koenigs’ 30+ authorizations including that of Microsoft, EC Council, PMP, Adobe, Security Management, among others.


“Every organization in Saudi Arabia must have a realistic plan in place in order to protect its vital data,” said Abdulaziz Al Sabih, Director of Technology & Business Development, TAQNIA Cyber. “This state of the art Academy will provide a strategic and essential platform and opportunity for KSA cyber security professionals to learn the very latest techniques for countering criminal IT fraud.”


The new academy will allow participating trainees to participate in both theoretical and hands-on practical exercises, while also benefiting from world-class quality training rooms, virtualization platforms for defence and attack scenarios or cyber challenges. In addition, trainees will be able to gain key benefits and advantages like field experience, flexibility and complementarity. Koenig has also revealed that the training program calendar for the academy centre will soon be revealed and will include courses designed to provide attendees with a ‘deep-drive’ to master critical IT security challenges, under the supervision and guidance of industry experts from the company.


The academy will prepare security professionals such as penetration testers and network security administrators to use advanced hacking techniques and to learn how to identify and prevent threats before they impact their organization. Candidates will also learn how to use key forensic investigative techniques and spot potential problems through facilitated activities like sharing, exercises, group discussions and case studies—giving them more insight on how to identify intellectual property theft and fraudulent activities resulting from unauthorized access to sensitive information and misuse of sensitive data.


“Across today’s ever changing cyber security world, security awareness and training are an essential part of operations that is at the heart of excellent performance. Koenig is very proud to partner with TAQNIA Cyber for this very timely initiative. Our partnership demonstrates our commitment towards addressing these concerns by providing world-class training modules to today’s IT professionals,” concluded Aditya Girish, Territory Manager Middle East, Koenig Solutions.




About Koenig

Koenig is a leading provider of state-of-the-art technical training and certifications across all popular IT technologies available globally. The world class training at Koenig is offered through several innovative learning methods and delivery models to cater the unique requirements of a global customer base. With a workforce of over 300 certified trainers, Koenig offers key certifications via their 30+ authorizations, which includes the likes of Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, Red Hat, Novell, EC Council, Adobe, among others. Some of Koenig’s prestigious list of clients in the Middle East and Africa region includes Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Nakheel, PWC, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, RAK Bank, United Arab Bank Government of UAE – Department of Information, Communication, and Technology, ADNOC, DEWA, Du Telecom, the Prime Minister’s Office – UAE, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Chevron, Etisalat Nigeria, Angola LNG and TRA Tanzania. For more information please visit www.koenig-solutions.com.

Genetec Inc. announcesnew version of its unified IP security platform ‘Security Center’in the Middle East

Genetec Inc. announcesnew version of its unified IP security platform ‘Security Center’in the Middle East

Security Center Version 5.5 Introduces New Disaster Recovery Mode, Expansion of Access Control Ecosystem and Enhanced Cybersecurity Features



Dubai, July27th, 2016Genetec Inc.(“Genetec”), a leading provider of open-architecture, unified IP security solutions today announced version 5.5 of Security Center, the company’s open architecture, unified IP securityplatform that combines access control, video surveillance, ALPR, and communications. Security Center 5.5offersa new disaster recovery mode, enhanced levels of authentication and encryption, augmented video archiving and export management capabilities, and new choices of supported access control hardware. With innovative capabilities designed to help organizations better secure their sites, version 5.5 givesadministrators greater control and protection of their security infrastructure. Security Center 5.5 is availablenow via the Genetecworldwidechannel partnerdistribution network.


Unified Platform Enhancements

With a new disaster recovery mode that allows the configuration of multiple failover directory servers at remote sites, Security Center 5.5 allows customers to implement more elaborate disaster recovery plans for their security platform. In the event of a disaster, failover servers at geographically disparate location can immediately take control and ensure organizations continue to have access to their security platform and protect their people and assets.

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Offering a powerful yet efficient user experience remains a paramount driver for Security Center development. In this latest release, map-centric monitoringoffers enhanced, fluid map scaling for zooming effortlessly in and out of maps—from floorplans to satellite imagery—along with the option to geo-referencedynamic objects on a map with actual geographic coordinates for greater awareness, and add new map layers. With map layering, operators can add or remove details from a map in real-time to narrow or broaden visualization of a site. To further simplify alarm management, Security Center 5.5 featuresalarm grouping and filtering so that operators can group alarms visually by type, state, or priority, as well as handle entire collectionsof alarms, such as acknowledging or forwarding an entire group.

As part of a continuous effort to grow its ecosystem of technology partners and facilitate integration to Security Center, Genetec offers two flavors of its Software Development Kit (SDK). The Basic SDK is a freely-available package used to connect to Security Center and access configuration information, events and alarms in real-time, as well as make changes or add new tasks to the monitoring client app. A simplified online enrollment and acceptance process, that is largely automated, givesusers quick access. Anadvanced SDK package offersall the elements of the Basic SDK with access to additional tools required by more complex integrations, and is available through Genetec certified channel partners.


Omnicast™ Video Management Enhancements

Building on the advanced cybersecurity measures introduced in Security Center 5.4, and the company’s ongoing commitment to ‘Security of Security’, version 5.5 offers a ‘hardened’ protocol that protects against potential hacking and non-authorized internal access. When users request to access video feeds, new authentication and authorizationsteps are in place to protect video data and privacy. By default, only secured media stream requests are accepted,ensuring the app or person making the request is authenticated to avoid any unauthorized requests. Token-based authentication isapplied for authorizing and authenticating RTSP video requests, TLS encryption for securely transmitting these user authentication tokens, and RTSP over TLS for another level of video stream encryption while in transit.


Security Center 5.5 also offers users the ability to finely manage exported or saved content, such as video clips and snapshots, which facilitates modifications prior to sharing inside or outside an organization. Examples include the blurring and masking of snapshots to protect privacy, editing saved video clips to remove either sensitive or less valuable content and then re-exporting the final clips, adding new bookmarks to better qualify a recorded scene, and more. Sharing is made simpler by exporting video to the widely used MP4 format so as to leverage common off-the-shelf video players and eliminate the need forproprietary video players.


Synergis™ Access Control Enhancements

Security Center 5.5 also features new access control capabilities to improve organizational security, protect sensitive information, and increase customers’ choice of access control hardware.


Through the support of the latest firmware running on the Synergis™ Cloud Linkappliance alongside Mercury Security controllers, organizations are able to extend the reach of their security platform with AllegionSchlage AD-300 Hardwired and AD-400 Wireless electronic locks. Organizations can alsounify controller-based and electronic lock-based security systems in the process for a more inclusive approach to access control.


Security Center 5.5 introduces Peer-to-Peer (P2P) communications between Synergis Cloud Link appliances enabling global IO linking and global antipassback. Even when connectivity to the server is unavailable, Synergis Cloud Link appliances have the intelligence to share information across the network, like inputs triggering outputs across appliances and by extending the functionality of antipassback to areas managed by multiple appliances. Thisadded flexibility enables users to move away from relying on constant connection to the server that improves overall security.


For greater protection of confidential and sensitive data, additional means of encrypting communications have been implemented between the Synergis Cloud Link appliance and the server along with numerous industry-leading Genetec access control hardware partners, including Mercury Security (EP controllers) and Assa Abloy (IP locks). The primary goal is to ensure secure communications throughout a customer’s entire access control infrastructure.


For more information about Genetec Security Center 5.5, please visit: http://www.genetec.com/solutions/all-products .




About Genetec

Genetec develops open-architecture software, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industry. Its flagship product, Security Center, unifies IP-based access control, video surveillance and automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) into one platform. A global innovator since 1997, Genetec is headquartered in Montréal, Canada, and serves enterprise and government organizations via an integrated network of resellers, certified channel partners, integrators and consultants in over 80 countries. Genetec was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of emerging technologies that unify IP physical security systems. For more information about Genetec, visit:www.genetec.com


Dubai, UAE – 25 July 16: What betterway to kick start the day with a mighty breakfast at Les Cuisines, Sofitel Dubai Downtown followed by a lazy day round the infinity pool – all for just AED 160 per person.


Guests will be unbelievably spoilt for choice with this incredible breakfast buffet selection. Take full advantage of the juice bar which includes a range of fresh juices from orange to pineapple through to mango nectar and lemon & mint. For a nutritious twist, try the healthier options such asgreen apple with kiwi or orange juice with beetroot. If guests are stuck for juice inspiration, the staff will be on hand to advise and also make a delicious range of smoothies.

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Also on offer is a wide array of fresh fruits from seasonal delights to blueberries and blackberries, as well as yoghurts, a selection of cereals or muesli if preferred. On top of this,artisan jams such as wild blueberry violet and mango papaya are available and an exquisite selection of honeys, dried fruits, seeds and nuts.


Whether diners prefer their eggs sunny side up or over easy– the talented chefs will be on hand at the a la minute egg station which has everything they could ask for.  Alternativelythey can choose from the hot dish options such as a hearty traditional fried breakfast inclusive of sausage, bacon, hash browns, sautéed mushrooms and baked beans or sample more traditional Arabic delights including hummus, moutabel, labneh and much more. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the live crepes and waffles station served with endless sauces and condiments and of course the baker’s basket ranging from breakfast pastries and rolls through to muffins and cronuts. All breakfasts include a glass of fresh orange juice and a cup of brewed tea or coffee.


When guests have eaten to their hearts content, they can head to therooftop to sit back and relax on one of our sunloungers and laze around all day bythe stunning infinity pool.



Bookings to be made directly to Sofitel Dubai Downtown on04 503 6666.

The Breakfast buffet is available from 6.30am till 10.30am priced at AED 70 per person inclusive of drinks, AED 130 inclusive of drinks for two people and AED 250 inclusive of drinks for four people.

The breakfast buffet inclusive of drinks and pool access is priced at AED 160 per person, AED 300 for the breakfast buffet inclusive of drinks and pool access is AED 300 for two person and AED 580 for breakfast buffet with drinks and pool access for four people. Breakfast is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the offer ends on 30th September.




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  • Directives from HH Sheikh Mohammed – monitored closely by HH Sheikh Hamdan – stress urgency and for cooperation in the quest to achieve the targets of the initiative
  • HE Al Gergawi: “Dubai Future Accelerators” is the business support system that is most in line with government directives and strategies
  • Several prominent UAE figures commented on the initiative, including HE Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, HE Major-General KhamisMutarKhamis Al Muzainah, HE Matar Al-Tayer, HE Said Mohammed Al-Tayer, HE Engineer Hussein Nasser Lootah, HE Ahmad Bin Byat, HE Dr Abdullah Al-Karam, and HE Saif Al Aleeli
  • The international competition constitutes a roadmap to exploring seven future opportunities in seven key innovation sectors: health, education, renewable energy, transportation, infrastructure, safety and security, and advanced technology


Dubai 24 July 2016:His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director of Dubai Future Foundation, asserted that the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai – monitored closely by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the board of Trustees of the Dubai future Foundation – stress the need to speed up the adoption of the necessary practical steps, as well as to combine efforts from various government institutions, in the quest to achieve the targets of “Dubai Future Accelerators”.The initiative seeks toenhance the UAE’s global position in the field of shaping the future, and attract the brightest and most innovative minds to sectors of strategic priority for the country.


HE added, “The ‘Dubai Future Accelerators’initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, constitutes a support system for businesses and startupsthat are mostin-line with government strategies, especially with the support from government and semi-government institutions that represent the most vital sectors in the government’s agenda, such as health, education, transportation, infrastructure, renewable energy, etc.


HE explained that the current challenges facing some of the vital sectors for the cities of the 21st century require in-depth study and continuous foresight for the rapidly-changing future.HE stressed the importance of engaging the emerging enterprise sector with R&D centres and innovators from around the world to create a supportive platform for their role in creating solutions to these challenges.


Today the Dubai Future Foundation announced seven “future challenges”, part of its landmark “Future Accelerator” program.


The Dubai Future Accelerator is an expansive program that brings together top international companies and entrepreneurs to address seven key “21st century opportunities”.

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This includes the application of cutting edge technologies like AI and robotics, genomics, 3D printing, distributed ledgers, biomimicry and biotechnology, as well as new business models and ways of working.


The Dubai Future Accelerator will focus on the identification and deployment of futuristic prototypes at a city-wide scale. It links innovative companies and solutions with leading government departments to create breakthrough initiatives and transformational change.


“The Dubai Future Accelerator is the most ambitious program in the world. It is designed to link our most powerful and influential government leaders with the world’s most ambitious companies and entrepreneurs to create radical new solutions to change the world,” said HE Mohammed Al Gergawi.


“The challenges represent some of the most urgent issues facing cities in the 21st century. They also represent some of the most cutting edge opportunities to address them,” said H.E. Mohammed Al Gergawi.



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His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Chairman and Director General of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), said that Dubai Future Accelerator is an extraordinary shift in the science of strategic planning and building the future, created by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. HE stressed the importance of securing the necessary tools and capabilities of the future in order to achieve a head-start in realising sustainable development, building a knowledge-based economy, and possessing the tools of innovation in various fields, including the field of health, which represents the hub of this ambitious initiative.


His Excellency Major-General KhamisMutarKhamis Al Muzainah, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, praised the Dubai Future Foundation initiative, Dubai Future Accelerators, aimed at building the future today through innovative systems to attract the best solutions and projects of the highest possible economic value for the UAE. HE described the project as promising and said that it will contribute to the development and qualitative shift of Dubai, as it focuses on finding innovative solutions and attracting talent to participate in the development process.


His Excellency Matar Al-Tayer, Chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said, “The Dubai Future Accelerator program is one of the most important platforms to develop innovative solutions,” assuring that achieving the desired outcomes from Dubai Future Accelerator and making Dubai the most innovative city in the world calls for the consorted efforts of all bodies and institutions, as well as for attracting talents, and forging partnerships with the companies and institutions that work innovatively and search for out-of-the-box solutions.


His Excellency Engineer Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director General of Dubai Municipality, lauded the Dubai Future Accelerators programme, which will help cement the UAE’s global position in the innovation and creation. HE said, “Future accelerators and incubators would effectively contribute to implement innovative ideas in reality, which serves the government’s agenda in various sectors. They create a singular opportunity for cooperation to implement the department’s ideas and projects and develop them to serve broader segments of society.”


His Excellency Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Dubai Holding, said, “As an organisation that places great emphasis on innovation in business, Dubai Holding is delighted to be part of Dubai Future Accelerators and lend support to Dubai Future Foundation in strengthening the emirate’s global competitiveness. We see this as another exciting platform for Dubai Holding to support the development of an innovation-led economy, as it is set to be the world’s largest public-sector structure designed to rapidly turn business ideas into reality and boost entrepreneurship in the UAE.”


His Excellency Dr Abdullah Al-Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and member of the board of trustees for Dubai Future Foundation, said, “The initiative supports Dubai’s efforts to continue coming up with innovative ideas, executing them, and using every opportunity to ensure a brighter future for the emirate. The initiative allows entrepreneurs, experts, and public- and private-sector institutions to make use of the innovation-friendly environment, which will allow us to find new and innovative ways to provide educational services to cater to the aspirations of future generations.”


His Excellency Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation, said, “The Foundation will work in coordination with founders the initiative to ensure a quantum leap within its sectors, which, in turn, will contribute in boosting Dubai and the UAE’s position as a global capital for implementing future technologies and transforming future concepts into tangible projects.”


Seven Future Challenges

The challenges, sponsored by the following key government departments and enterprises, address the most important opportunities and technologies of the 21st century.


The challenges, and the institutions responsible for them, are:


  • Reduce water and energy consumption (in the home, in production and distribution, and/or in commercial application), led by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
  • Prototype automated transport systems that could cut congestion in half and reduce transport-related CO2 emissions (across all modes, but in particular focusing on freight and fleet mobility systems such as taxis and public transport), led by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.
  • Test automated, recycled, and nature-inspired building materials and solutions that use energy and CO2 (including robotics, automation, bacteriological, mycology, algae, biomimicry, regenerative systems, sand-based 3D printing materials, and others), led by the Dubai Municipality.
  • Harness Dubai’s remarkable genetic diversity to enhance diagnostic speed and effectiveness (using genomics, analytics, telepresence and personalized medicine), led by Dubai Health Authority.
  • Test 21st century assessment systems and personalized learning solutions that work across curriculums (with an emphasis on Arabic language education, STEAM, well-being, coding, and other disciplines, led by the Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority.
  • Deploy digital solutions across hospitality, real estate and telecommunications industries that reduce paperwork, increase transaction speeds, and increase customer satisfaction by an order of magnitude (Blockchain, digital personalization, etc.), led by Dubai Holding.
  • Test integrated behavioral, genetic and biological systems for identifying, tracking and sharing information on criminals,in particular across borders and between jurisdictions, led by the Dubai Police.




Applications Open to Companies Around the World


The official website of the initiative,www.dubaifutureaccelerators.com,providesfurther details about the challenges facing each sector, how to play a part in solving them,as well as some important dates.In addition to that, the website explains the selection criteria and assessment process, based on which the Foundation will select the companies that will participate in the first session of “Dubai Future Accelerators”.


Last week, Dubai Future Foundation launched the unique “Dubai Future Accelerators” initiative, part of Dubai’s future agenda launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in April 2015.


The initiative aims to provide an integrated programme to accelerate the development of the work of local, regional and global emerging companies working in the field of future technology within key innovation sectors.It also looks to contribute in expanding and facilitating global cooperation in the field of innovation, as well as offering an original platform for emerging companies to work with the relevant government entities and provide solutions to the toughest challenges in their respective sectors.


Company says its first UAE venture shows why liveability is key for investors and end users, not just a property industry buzzword

Dubai, UAE, 24 July 2016:  One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent real estate development companies believes its first venture in the UAE can help mould the changing face of Dubai residential property over the next few years.

Riyadh-based ARTAR Real Estate Development says a big focus on genuine liveability and a payment plan requiring only a 30% investment prior to completion has given its Mada Residences project in Downtown Dubai major appeal for today’s demanding investors and end users.

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The company believes the Dubai property market needs a shake-up to make sure that homes meet the needs of buyers whose expectations have been heightened by a changing economic climate.


“Real estate has to adapt to keep up with the changing demands of investors and end users,” said ARTAR’s Chief Executive, Sulaiman Abdulrahman Al Rashid.


“They’ve become far more astute in the challenging economic times that we face now compared with the boom era of a few years ago. They have the right to ask why they should effectively pay for homes to be built, which is what has been happening with so many payment plans.


Added Al Rashid: “More and more developers in this market realise that has to change so that most of the cost of a home is paid out after completion. Our payment plan is designed specifically to help investors and end users with their cash flow, and to build more confidence and trust in us as a developer that is dedicated to delivering quality homes on time.”

“At the same time, developers must work to ensure that liveability becomes more than just a real estate buzzword, and that the homes they’re building are genuinely designed to give people a better level of space and comfort.”


Progressive developers agree that liveable homes should generally be open-plan and designed to maximise space, are easy to move around in, easy to use and allow people of all ages and abilities to live in, or visit, comfortably.


ARTAR has designed Mada Residences around these principles. Located just a minute’s walk from Dubai Mall, it offers 193 larger than average 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom luxury apartments.


They include 80 unique 2 bedroom apartments with maid’s rooms, a feature which has contributed to 70% of all units already being sold. ARTAR is guaranteeing early deliver of all units in Q2 2018.


“We believe we’ve got the right formula, and sales to date supports that view,” said Al Rashid. “We think more developers will follow this trend in the market, just as they do in other parts of the world where the concept of liveability is a top priority because it has a major influence on where people decide to live.”


Visitors to the ARTAR exhibition stand at Cityscape Global in Dubai in September will be able to check out the Mada Residences designs by taking a virtual reality tour of apartments. ARTAR is the real estate development arm of Abdul Rahman Saad Al-Rashid & Sons, a group with over 50 years of regional experience in delivering high end projects on schedule.



  1. Sulaiman Abdulrahman Al Rashid, Chief Executive of ARTAR Real Estate Development.
  2. An artist’s impression of Mada Residents in Downtown Dubai – liveability and a payment plan requiring only a 30% investment prior to completion has given it major appeal for investors and end users.





About ARTAR Real Estate Development


A prominent name in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ARTAR is the real estate development arm of Abdul Rahman Saad Al-Rashid & Sons Co. A group with over 50 years of regional construction excellence, they are classified as an ‘A’ Class contactor by the Contractor’s Classification Agency.


ARTAR Real Estate Development is committed to providing exceptional quality and workmanship focused on well-crafted liveability.


About Mada Residences


Taking the concept of Liveability to actual living breathing spaces, Mada Residences are a selection of 1, 2, 3 and 4-Bedroom apartments located in Downtown Dubai.


Each apartment has been crafted with family-centric liveability for those who love their spacious spaces. With floor to ceiling glass, balconies in every apartment and well thought-out amenities designed in a way that elevates the usability of space and achieves enduring value.


The intelligent use of space becomes evident from the moment you enter the reception, all the way to the apartments, where every bedroom comes with an en suite bathroom. Spacious walk-in closets and balconies are core features and benefits resulting from adhering to the concept of Liveability. Mada Residences bring individuals and families the finest that comfort has to offer.