Taste of Asia Friday Brunch

Restaurant Kris with a View

19th Floor Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel Dubai.


Concept Taste of Asia Friday Brunch
Offer Description Set against a breathtaking panoramic views of Dubai, Kris our Pan Asian speciality restaurant presents the best of the region. Indulge in anunlimited nine course  menu featuring classic preparations like Sushi, Thai Curry, Char Kway Teow and much more.  So get set to start the perfect weekend.


Prices starting from AED149


Every Friday

12.30pm to 4pm







TASC Outsourcing holds blood donation drive in partnership with DHA

TASC Outsourcing holds blood donation drive in partnership with DHA

TASC’s vision is to create a responsible business; TASC understands the value of giving back to its community


Dubai, September 27, 2016: TASC Outsourcing, the leading talent management company in the UAE, held a blood donation drive for its employees and associates in collaboration with Dubai Blood Donation Centre (DBDC), part of Dubai Health Authority, yesterday. A dedicated team from DBDC undertook the responsibility of testing the donors and ensuring donation eligibility. With participation from 62 donors, the drive was a huge success.


Speaking about the blood donation drive, Dr. May Raouf – Head of DBDC, said: “We are very pleased that organisations like TASC are taking up the commitment to create more opportunities for people to donate blood. Donating of blood is one of the most important social responsibilities today, the demand for which has been surging and requires immediate attention. We are constantly working on spreading the awareness about blood donation. It is a huge support to our mission when private sector organisations come on board to join us in this noble cause.”


Mrs. Nadia Kalantar – Head of Marketing and Donors Recruitment in DBDC also appreciated the cooperation of TASC management and staff in conducting this organized and fruitful event.


Mr. Mahesh Shahdadpuri, CEO of TASC Outsourcing, said: “We are driven by the philosophy and purpose of giving back to the society, and adding value through our work, quality of service and initiatives, such as this. Our vision is to create a business that’s not only successful but also responsible for the communities we live and operate in. We are happy to see our employees share the same vision – their enthusiasm at the blood donation drive is an apt testament. The response to the donation drive has encouraged us to conduct this as an annual event where each year, we hope to increase the participation from our employees and patrons.”


In the past, TASC has organized many CSR initiatives including the recent fundraiser activities in association with India-based Not for Profit organisation Belli Chukki to support education for underprivileged children in India


TASC Outsourcing is a leader in contract staffing, talent management services and solutions in the region. With a resource base of more than 3,500 professionals, from over 70 countries, TASC provides customized people solutions to more than 200 leading companies in the region.



About TASC Outsourcing


TASC Outsourcing is a leading talent management company, licensed by the Federal Government of UAE, to outsource professionals as contract staff to clients across the country, including free zones. With a resource base of 3,500 professionals, from over 70 countries, TASC Outsourcing is the partner of choice to more than 200 companies in the region. The contract staff, employed and compensated at par with industry standards by TASC, are qualified across a range of 75 job functions in diverse verticals, including information technology, customer service, oil and gas, sales and marketing, administration and support, and retail


TASC Outsourcing has earned prestigious accolades for its business success over the years, including: the recent Asian Outsourcing Leadership Award, IT innovator award and presence in LinkedIn’s ranking of UAE’s Top 10 most influential brands in 2014. TASC has also been recognized as one of the Dubai SME 100 companies in 2013 under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai.


TASC’s founder and CEO, Mr. Mahesh Shadadpuri, is considered one of the most influential personalities in the industry. For his leadership and contributions at TASC, he has received a number of prestigious industry recognitions, including the ‘Top Indian Leader in the Arab world’ by the Forbes Middle East in 2015 and the ‘Middle East CEO of the year 2014 in the Outsourcing Industry’ by CEO Middle East Magazine.


TASC takes an innovative and proactive approach that is driven by market insights. A dedicated research team closely monitors market and industry trends and conveys the findings to the recruitment team. This, in turn, enables TASC to stay ahead of the competition by sourcing candidates to meet forecasted demand.


Leveraging its expertise in talent management, TASC also supports clients by managing their day to day transactional activity related to attendance, payroll, sales, MIS monitoring, and more.


TASC’s forward planning and customer focused strategy has proven to propel companies on the growth path. It also provides a quick start to companies that are in the formation stage, helping to reduce clients’ time to market by deploying contract staff for their on-ground operations.




ELEMIS | Love Sweet Orchid

ELEMIS, British luxury skincare and spa brand, is delighted to bring a divinely scented luxury shower and body cream duo for an indulgent sensory experience. The Love Sweet Orchid range is enriched with Mauve Butterfly Orchid, Cherry Seed oil and Japonica to intensely cleanse, nourish and hydrate.



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EmiratesGBC unveils findings of first ‘Energy & Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels’

EmiratesGBC unveils findings of first ‘Energy & Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels’


  • Study reveals strong potential for significant savings in energy & water use with viable and affordable existing technologies
  • Path-breaking study will support activities to promote green building practices in tourism & hospitality sector
  • Report will serve as benchmark for launch of first hospitality training modules this year to reduce carbon footprint of hotels
  • EmiratesGBC is the UAE National Operator of Green Key, which certifies hotels for environmental sustainability


Dubai, UAE; September 27, 2016: Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC), an independent forum aimed at conserving the environment by strengthening and promoting green building practices, today unveiled the findings of the first-of-its-kind report on ‘Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels.’


An in-depth analysis on the UAE’s hospitality sector vis-à-vis sustainability initiatives, the ‘EmiratesGBC Energy and Water Benchmarking for UAE Hotels’ draws on information gathered from 46 voluntarily participating hotels across the country on their property’s general, physical and operational characteristics as well as annual energy and water consumption data. The report studied energy and water consumption data over a three-year period (2013-2015) for the comprehensive study.


The key findings of the study are that UAE hotels have unequal energy and water performance with high potential for significant savings using viable and affordable existing technologies. This correlates with a recent report that Dubai’s five-star hotels consume up to 225% more energy compared to their counterparts in Europe.


There is a strong need to replace old fixtures and ensure maintenance of water systems, with laundry services and landscaping contributing heavily to water use intensities. The study also finds that poor performing hotels consume three times the amount of energy and 7.4 times the water compared to the best performing hotels.


More recently built hotels were found to benefit from newer technologies and efficient design as well as stringent codes & regulations, underlining need for older properties to consider retrofit as a solution to reduce their carbon footprint.


Saeed Al Abbar, Chairman of EmiratesGBC, unveiled the key findings of the report at an event attended by industry stakeholders. At the event, Faisal Ali Hassan Rashid, Director – Demand Side Management of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), delivered a keynote on the importance of the benchmarking for the UAE hospitality sector to achieve the goals of the Council and to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.



Saeed Al Abbar said: “The benchmarking report is a first of its kind study in the UAE aimed at establishing quantitative data on the energy and water efficiency of buildings within a key sector of the economy.  The study aligns with the UAE’s two-pronged goal of driving best practice and growth in the hospitality and tourism sector as well as being a global leader in sustainable development. The findings will serve as a strong indicator that will enable the hospitality sector to reduce its carbon footprint by improving water and energy performances. We are thankful to the participating hotels for their commitment and resolve to enhance their energy & water use efficiency standards.


“The comprehensive study will enable the hospitality sector to observe best practices in energy and water efficiency, which also make business sense in the long-term with an increasing number of travelers being highly discerning about the sustainability standards of the hotels. Driving energy and water use efficiency standards in hotels will help differentiate them in the marketplace and also make them active partners in achieving the sustainability vision of the government,” he added.


An ongoing initiative

The initiative is part of EmiratesGBC’s ongoing efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the UAE’s hospitality sector, and is based on feedback received from hoteliers on the high cost of retrofitting existing properties, lack of benchmarking tools and lack of relevant indicators to compare properties against each other. EmiratesGBC also reached out to tourism bodies in the UAE and hosted workshops on green hospitality.


An expert team at EmiratesGBC analysed the energy use intensity (EUI) and water use intensity (WUI) of the participating properties to understand their performance. They also compiled correlation factors to identify the key indicators that may influence the consumption patterns of the hotels vis-à-vis their individual characteristics. These will serve as the benchmark for the specialised hospitality training modules to be launched by EmiratesGBC later this year.


All participating hotels have been provided with individually tailored benchmarking scorecards that will help them to make enhancements to their energy and water use protocols, and will help support them in their strategic initiatives – both technical (involving retrofits or audits) and behavioural (education and training).


The report and the training programme to be unveiled build on EmiratesGBC’s credentials as the official operator of the Green Key eco-label programme in the UAE. Recognised by the World Tourism Organisation and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Green Key is a non-profit and independent programme, and is the largest global eco-label relating to accommodation.


Globally, tourism contributes to 5% of the total world carbon dioxide emissions. The United Nations has now declared 2017 as the ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.’ The benchmarking exercise and follow-up action by EmiratesGBC is just in time to support the global focus on promoting best green practices in the tourism and hospitality sector. EmiratesGBC will update, fine-tune and repeat the benchmarking study on an annual basis.


The EmiratesGBC working team included Majd Fayyad, Technical Officer; Marie-Helene Westholm-Knebel, Senior Technical Officer; Lora Shrake, Operations Director; and Sheena Khan, Education & Awareness Officer, with the support of all participating hotels, Taka Solutions, M.A.H.Y Khoory & Co. LLC, Ajman Tourism Development Department and Sharjah Commerce & Tourism Authority.


Background of the Study

  • 46 hotels from across the UAE took part in the study voluntarily.
  • Of the 46 hotels, 25 are eco-certified hotels, 25 have installed energy efficiency features and nine are connected to the district cooling network.
  • An expert panel, including members of EmiratesGBC, evaluated the parameters based on energy and water consumption data for three years, and the hotel’s general, physical and operational characteristics.
  • The study analysed the Energy Use Intensity and Water Use Intensity of the hotels.


Key Findings

  • Unequal energy and water performances across the UAE hotels.
  • Energy consumption was higher in summer months due to high demand for air-conditioning.
  • EUI, an internationally acceptable norm for benchmarking of hotels, was found to vary between 104 and 721 kWh/m2.year across the hotels; a median UAE hotel has average normalized EUI of 283kWh/m2.year.
  • The values of WUIs (Water Use Intensities) per guest-night ranged between 30 to 399 Imperial Gallons/guest-night.year
  • A median UAE hotel has an average WUI of 136 IG/guest-night.year
  • Poor performing hotels consume 3 times the amount of energy (in kWh/m2.year) and 7.4 times the water compared to the best performing hotels.
  • High potential for significant savings with viable and affordable existing technologies.
  • Significant and negative correlation between the year of build and the water consumption which necessitates a deeper focus to be put on the replacement of old fixtures and proper maintenance of water systems.
  • Significant impact of laundry services and landscaping on the water use intensities.


Study Outcomes

  • Better understanding of the current performance of the local hospitality sector.
  • EmiratesGBC will offer support to build the technical capacity and awareness of hospitality stakeholders by offering tailored training modules dedicated to industry professionals.


UAE’s Green Hospitality Landscape as of end-2015

  • 41 properties certified to Green Globe
  • 25 properties certified to Green Key
  • 4 property certified to Earth Check



About Emirates Green Building Council:

The Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) was founded in June 2006, and became the 8th full member of the World Green Building Council in September 2006.

EmiratesGBC is an organization that promotes and educates on green issues in the built environment and is the official body for the UAE endorsed by the World Green Building Council. EmiratesGBC currently has around 150 members in the UAE which represents 1000s of individuals interested and involved in Green Building in the UAE and the region. In addition, EmiratesGBC members receive discounts on a number of programmes such as those related to conferences, seminars, training and green building events.

Ministry of Economy to further reinforce trade and investment cooperation with New Zealand

Ministry of Economy to further reinforce trade and investment cooperation with New Zealand


Both countries note importance of strengthening cooperation across key sectors of renewable energy, agriculture, food industries and innovation


Abu Dhabi, 27 September 2016


H.E. Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, recently held a meeting with H.E. Todd McClay, New Zealand’s Trade Minister, to discuss moves to enhance cooperation and economic relations between the two countries, especially across vital sectors and areas like renewable energy, agriculture, food and innovation. Minister McClay was accompanied by a special trade delegation from New Zealand.


The meeting was held at the Ministry of Economy’s headquarters in Dubai. Also present during the meeting were senior UAE officials that included H.E. Engineer Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Shehhi, Undersecretary for Economic Affairs; H.E. Abdullah bin Ahmed Al Saleh, Under-Secretary for Foreign Trade and Industry; H.E. Juma Mohammed Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary for Foreign Trade Affairs; Sultan Ahmed Darwish, Director of Trade Negotiations and WTO and Tariq Al Suwaidi, Government Communication Director for the Ministry of Economy.


The meeting focused on reinforcing cooperative ties between the two countries in the field of renewable energy, which complements an agreement signed between the UAE and New Zealand in 2014, which covers the deployment of renewable energy solutions in various regions of the world—lauding the role played by ‘MASDAR’ as a crucial factor to its success.


The officials also discussed moves on how to strengthen cooperation in the trade sector and to increase non-oil trade rates between the two countries, which stood at USD 715 million in 2015 (AED 2.6 billion). The two countries also talked about effective means on urging institutions and investors from both the UAE and New Zealand to take advantage of the available investment opportunities in various fields—throwing key focus on agriculture, food industries, innovation, knowledge economy and civil aviation. The participants also discussed the current status of the Free Trade Agreement between the GCC and New Zealand.


During the meeting, H.E. Sultan Al Mansouri emphasized on the UAE’s keenness towards strengthening and developing bilateral relations with New Zealand, especially in economic and trade segments that contribute to the promotion of development and upgrading frameworks of cooperation in various fields such as technology, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and tourism.


H.E. Al Mansouri threw the spotlight on the unique investment environment of the UAE and welcomed the entry of New Zealand’s investments across various sectors, urging New Zealand’s business community to take advantage of investment opportunities in the UAE and the attractive incentives that come with it.


H.E. Al Mansouri also encouraged New Zealand to participate in the coming Expo 2020 exhibition, which the UAE will be hosting in Dubai and is expected to be participated in by more than 180 countries—giving the opportunity of enhancing the ability of countries to showcase their products and communicate directly with the 25 million visitors.


Meanwhile, New Zealand’s Minister of Trade praised the development of the bilateral relations between the two countries and expressed confidence in furthering cooperation and exploration of new areas and opportunities to promote the two countries’ relations. He also praised the early preparations for the Expo 2020 and expects Dubai to organize a distinctive successful version of the Expo as backed by its capabilities and expertise in hosting and organizing major international events.


UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council highlights achievements of its Scientific Committees initiatives

UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council highlights achievements of its Scientific Committees initiatives


Second Council meeting for 2016 held in Dubai



UAE, 27 September, 2016 Members of the UAE Nursing and Midwifery Council (UAE NMC) has recently held its second meeting in Dubai, attended by representatives from the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Dubai Health Authority, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, Dubai Healthcare City, University of Sharjah, Higher Colleges of Technology, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Education, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense and the Emirates Nursing Association and Emirates Medical Association. Chairpersons and coordinators of the scientific committees of the Council, Nursing directors and nurse leaders from the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Abu Dhabi Health Authority, Dubai Health Authority and SEHA participated in the meeting.


During the meeting, the president of the Emirates Nursing Association announced that they have placed a bid to host the International Nursing Council Conference in 2021 and the International Midwifery Council Conference in 2023 in Abu Dhabi. The Association submitted proposals to the organizers of the conference and received positive feedback. Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, various health authorities in the UAE as well as other stakeholders in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) supported these initiatives.


The UAE NMC Specialization Committee presented their achievements, including the scopes of practice for the advanced practice registered nurses and specialized nurses. The committee will distribute the standards to other members and the Council Board for review and The Practice Committee finalized the Positive Practice Environment Guidelines, the document was signed by the Council Board Members. The committee is planning to hold an education event for nurse leaders to familiarize them with the documents that have been released in order to be applied in the fields of nursing and midwifery.


A new Research Committee, which was formed recently, held its first meeting on September 9, 2016 in the new Council headquarters at the Dubai Healthcare City – Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center. The committee’s scope of practice and future direction were presented during the meeting.


The Education Committee is currently focusing on the development of a unified framework for the standards of university nursing education in the UAE in line with global trends and standards that focus on the integration of theoretical and practical education, where a taskforce will be formed to work on this achieving this goal.


The Registration and Licensure Committee is developing a report on the registration and licensing standards and will be released by the end of 2016; a taskforce will be established to develop a framework streamlining the registration and licensing of nursing and midwifery examination standards.


During the meeting, Dr. Fatima Rifai, the council Secretary and Board member awarded Majid Salem Al Hammadi, an Emirati male nurse who hold a bachelor degree in nursing and had finished his internship in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City and Khadija Hassan Al Amasi from Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA); the first Emirati Nurse in the Middle East who holds a Certificate on Prevention of Disease and Wellness of Community from Belgium.


The Council meeting was concluded by forwarding recommendations relating to each field according to what was agreed upon.



Dubai, September

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