Italian major DAB Water Technology targets 50% revenue growth from the ME market

Italian major DAB Water Technology targets 50% revenue growth from the ME market

DAB is among a few water technology solution providers globally to offering a comprehensive range of water management solutions with more than 2,000 products.

DUBAI- November 29, 2016: DAB Water Technology, an Italian frontrunner in the global water management industry, eyes at least 50 per cent growth in the Middle East market in the next few years. DAB officials said it will target the exponential infrastructure-development activities underway in this market, where there is a huge requirement for sustainable water pumping, submersible motoring and other water management technology solutions.

DAB Water Technology, with a 280 million Euros turnover last year, produces over three million pumps per year catering manly to residential, commercial, and agricultural irrigation sectors. The industrial technology giant manufactures a wide range of electrical pumps, motors for submersible pumps, and electronic solutions for pumping systems.

Speaking on the side-lines of The Big 5 International Construction Show 2016, which took place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from November 21 to 24, 2016, Mr. Sandro Stramare, CEO of DAB Group, said, “We are very focused on expanding the reach of our solutions in the Middle East, apart from the European, the US and Chinese markets. We have recorded 65 per cent growth in the European market. DAB’s added value has always been its ability to combine an extensive experience and tradition with research on technological innovation.”

“As part of our strategy to grab the Middle East market share, we showcased technologically advanced solutions at The Big 5 in Dubai this year. These solutions set themselves apart thanks to their ease of installation, energy savings and maximum reliability in the domestic, residential and civil sectors. The range of products on display includes specialist devices for water boosting, water supply and waste water sectors that are suitable for this market and capable of offering extremely high and efficient performance levels,” he added.


“We are expecting to get more approvals from consultants to explore the region’s residential building projects. Our structure is the same in the different GCC markets, so we support our official importer to work in the UAE. For the GCC market, we have specific products made with stainless steel. DAB invests more in products with higher technology for standard sustainable solutions,” said Mr. Michele Porro, Regional Export Sales Manager for DAB Water Technology.

“DAB is among the few water technology solution providers globally offering a comprehensive range of water management solutions with more than 2,000 products. DAB specifically focuses on environmental issues by promoting various initiatives to reduce the environmental impact of its production, and 100 per cent of its water used in processing is filtered and reused,” he added.

Under the spotlight among the DAB range on display at The Big 5 were ‘e.sybox’, the first fully integrated water booster system equipped with inverter electronic in the world; This is a patented system for water pressurization having equipped with self-priming multistage pump and water-cooled lined motor. Its ergonomic and compact design makes it easy to adapt to all types of installations, both in the horizontal and the vertical position. Innovation and simplicity are what distinguish e.sybox, the most advanced ergonomic system available on the market for domestic and residential applications.

The latest arrival, ‘e.sybox mini’ is a booster pump with integrated electronic inverter. This is the most compact solution in the world. This innovative product, which with e.sybox, completes the e.syline range, ensures constant water pressure and therefore performance levels optimised depending on demand, as well as reduced energy consumption. Its reduced sizes make it the ideal solution for single dwellings, versatile and easy to adapt to any environment.

For the swimming pool sector, DAB introduced ‘e.swim’, the high energy-efficient electronic pump with a power consumption at low speed up to 90 per cent lower than traditional pumps. Compact, silent and suitable for all types of swimming pools, the ‘e.swim’ features a brushless motor controlled by the variable frequency drive and optimised hydraulics that contribute to a reduction of load losses.

For residential sector, DAB provides high energy savings in heating, air conditioning, water supply and pressure boosting, irrigation and gardening, and filtration of swimming pool water. For commercial applications, DAB provides circulation systems for heating and cooling, pressurisation in water supply and fire prevention systems and disposal of waste water. For agricultural irrigation, the company provides pumping solutions for extraction of water from subsoil in agricultural applications, as well as for irrigation.

Berger Paints Highlights Arabia’s Splendour in a Unique Social Awareness Campaign

Berger Paints Highlights Arabia’s Splendour in a Unique Social Awareness Campaign The latest campaign by Berger Paints celebrates the beauty as well as the unique culture and heritage of the region. At the same time, ‘Colours of Arabia’ is also a CSR initiative with a touching social message

Dubai, UAE: 28 November, 2016 – Berger Paints, a leading paint manufacturing company with global presence, is launching its new campaign ‘Colours of Arabia’, which celebrates the unique culture and traditions of the Middle East, its timeless landscape, and the national pride of its people. This newly launched initiative is part of Berger Paint’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative which adopts a unique approach to see Arabia through colours.



The web-series is a set of 2 minutes long films, woven around an intensely emotional and heartwarming narrative, in Arabic with English sub-titles. Featuring landmark structures and geographical landscapes, including deserts, wadis, creeks and beaches, the web-series highlight the journey of a visually impaired young girl with her grandfather, her ‘Jiddoo’. Through the journey, Jiddoo connects heritage, culture and landscape with colors through verbal narration, feel and touch. The films not only connect with the emotions of the viewers but also help to demystify that people with visual disability can also enjoy and experience physical and natural beauties present around them through their special sensory powers.


Aseem Doshi, General Manager, Berger Paints Emirates Co. Ltd. LLC said: “UAE has earned a special place in global tourism industry and we celebrate the vision,aspirations and achievement of the UAE and other countries with the ‘Colours of Arabia’ campaign. As GCC countries continue to upgrade its infrastructure to provide swifter access to people with disability, our CSR initiative could not have been at a better time, when the UN has declared 2016 as the year for ‘Travel for All -Improving Universal Accessibility.’ The execution of web series has an emotional appeal.” Further, Doshi acknowledged the Hospitality Partner for the launch, “We are very happy to collaborate with Fairmont for this event. Fairmont has a concept restaurant, Noire which revolves around a unique concept of ‘dining in the dark’. It is completely dark and you cannot see anything when you dine in there. It is a different experience all together.” He further acknowledged their Cinema partner Motivate Val Morgan for their support

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP and Mohamed Alabbar partner in Ground-Breaking Tie Up to Create the Leading Online Luxury Retailer in the Middle East

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP and Mohamed Alabbar
partner in Ground-Breaking Tie Up to Create the Leading Online Luxury Retailer in the Middle East.


INTEGRATES ynap’s world-class brands and techno-logistics platform with MOHAMED Alabbar’s unrivalled local luxury EXPERTISE

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP S.p.A. (MTA: YNAP), the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer, is delighted to announce a joint venture with Symphony Investments, an entity controlled by Mohamed Alabbar, to create the Middle East’s undisputed leader for online luxury retail, in a partnership that will draw on the region’s enormous growth potential.


The partnership will see Mohamed Alabbar focus his entire online luxury retail activity in the region exclusively through the new joint venture.

YNAP will hold a 60% stake in the joint venture (“JV”), which will be fully consolidated in YNAP’s accounts, while Symphony Investments will own the remaining 40%.

The JV will manage all of the Group’s existing multi-brand online stores in the region – NET-A-PORTER, MR PORTER, YOOX and THE OUTNET – as well as, in agreement with the brands, select existing and future Online Flagship Stores “Powered by YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP” that have significant business potential in the Middle East.

The new company will operate in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (“GCC”) – the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. The JV may expand to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa in the future.

To provide Middle Eastern luxury customers with a fully localised offer, the JV will establish on-the-ground operations, which will allow YNAP to capture the region’s significant growth potential. In particular, the JV’s localisation strategy will include:

the establishment of a Dubai-based entity to bring the company closer to its customers: a local office with dedicated sales & marketing, customer care and PR teams will provide Middle Eastern customers with a highly tailored offering that will set a new standard of customer service in the region and further drive brand awareness;
the opening of a new distribution centre in Dubai powered by YNAP’s omni-stock techno-logistics platform to guarantee the highest level of service, including premier same-day delivery;
the development of a localised offering ranging from Arabic-language customer care and content, as well as local currency and payment methods.

The JV will open the local office and distribution centre in Dubai by end of 2017. YOOX and THE OUTNET will debut in 2018, while NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER will launch in 2019, followed by select Online Flagship Stores.

“The Middle East is one of the fastest growing global centres for luxury retail. The region also has a significant population of over 200 million young people who are tech-savvy and influence luxury retail decisions. With this joint venture to be based in Dubai, a global business & leisure hub, we are pioneering a never-before online luxury retail experience that integrates luxury with techno-logistics. It will redefine the retail sector, and create a brand-new way to access the world’s high-end brands brought by YNAP. A ground-breaking initiative, the JV will serve as go-to online destination for luxury retail and set new industry benchmarks in customer service, speed of delivery and diversity of choice”said Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Symphony Investments.

“We are thrilled by the potential of the Middle East market: combining YNAP and Mohamed Alabbar’s strengths, we look forward to giving shoppers in the region access to a fantastic luxury assortment with our unparalleled service and content. We were delighted to welcome Mohamed Alabbar as a strategic investor earlier this year and together we are now embarking on a major expansion in the region.”said Federico Marchetti, Chief Executive Officer of YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP

This partnership will combine the unique experience and expertise of both parties.

YNAP will contribute its burgeoning business in the region, as well as its strong existing brand recognition and a high-value customer base. It will also provide long-standing expertise as the world’s leading online luxury retailer, plus a world-class techno-logistics platform that is tailored to luxury fashion.

Symphony Investments will bring its unique experience of luxury retail in the Middle East along with its unmatched knowledge of luxury consumer trends and its extensive network in the region.

The founder of Symphony Investments, Mohamed Alabbar, is also the Chairman of Emaar Properties and Emaar Malls, and is world renowned for successfully developing and managing The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest retail destination.

Symphony Investments will make a significant cash contribution to the JV, to be phased over the first three years of the venture, which will support YNAP’s expansion in the Middle East and the related investments.

The JV further strengthens an existing relationship that was forged when Alabbar invested in YNAP through subscription for a €100 million capital increase in April 2016.

Symphony Investments, along with its affiliates, operates and invests in businesses in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Africa across a variety of sectors including luxury fashion, retail, e-commerce, mining, and real estate, among others.

Mohamed Alabbar is now leading the digital transformation in the Middle East with the launch of which aims to be a generalist ecommerce platform that will include payments and logistics enablers.

He also led two investor groups in buying a combined 16.45% stake in Dubai-based global logistics provider Aramex.

The Middle East region accounted for 3% of global luxury consumption in 2015 and is expected to significantly outpace the growth of the global personal luxury goods market over the next five years. The region boasts one of the highest GDP per capita worldwide2, a particularly high concentration of high-net-worth individuals (“HNWIs”) and a promising e-commerce landscape, driven by a young and mobile-friendly population, growing internet penetration and public investments in IT, e-services and telecoms infrastructure.

The joint venture will have an indefinite duration; however, the agreement allows Symphony Investments to exit the JV after a few years of operations. In addition, the agreement envisages that YNAP will have the right to exercise a call option on Alabbar’s stake during pre-defined time periods.

YOOX NET-A-PORTER will appoint the majority of the JV’s Board of Directors and will nominate the Chief Executive Officer and the Finance Manager. The Chairman of the board will be appointed by Symphony Investments.

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP is the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. The Group is a Global company with Anglo-Italian roots, the result of a game-changing merger, which in October 2015, brought together YOOX GROUP and THE NET -A-PORTER GROUP; the two companies had revolutionized the luxury fashion industry since their birth in 2000.

YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP is a unique business with an unrivalled offering including multi-brand in-season online stores NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, and multi-brand off-season online stores YOOX and THE OUTNET, as well as numerous ONLINE FLAGSHIP STORES, all “Powered by YNAP”. Through a joint venture established in 2012, YOOX NET -A-PORTER GROUP has partnered with Kering to manage the ONLINE FLAGSHIP STORES of several of the French group’s luxury brands.
Uniquely positioned in the high growth online luxury sector, YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP has an unrivalled client base of more than 2.5 million high-spending customers, 27 million monthly unique visitors worldwide and combined 2015 net revenues of €1.7 billion. The Group has offices and operations in the United States, Europe, Japan, China and Hong Kong and delivers to more than 180 countries around the world. YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP is listed on the Milan Stock Exchange as YNAP. For further information:

What’s more beautiful than the opportunity to turn back the clock!

What’s more beautiful than the opportunity to turn back the clock!

That’s what Kaya Skin Clinic’s Project Rewind is all about. The region’s biggest skin clinic offers women across four GCC nations, a chance to win against ageing, with a comprehensive package customized for the individual. From Botox® and fillers to PRP and advanced non-surgical face lifts, Kaya brings it all together. The Rewind, as the experience is called, is carefully crafted by the region’s top dermatologists to take a few years off the face in the most subtle manner possible, retaining the nuances that define every individual’s natural expressions.

Launched in 2015 to an enthusiastic reception, Project Rewind is an annual contest that lives on social media – Kaya’s Facebook page to be precise, and can be accessed from any of Kaya’s social media properties.

Now in its second year, the contest draws a spontaneous response from the brand’s ever-growing community of customers and fans.


To have a go at winning a Rewind, all that an aspirant has to do is go over to Kaya’s Facebook page, kayaskinclinicarabia, and DM Kaya with a compelling and authentic reason why she needs a Rewind, along with her picture, name, age and contact number.

In its launch year, Project Rewind picked one winner each from the UAE, KSA and Oman. Fast forward to 2016. With the addition of Kuwait to the Kaya map, and the opening of more clinics, our canvas has grown even larger, and Project Rewind will feature several more winners.

What’s especially beautiful about the Kaya Rewind approach is that it isn’t about an overtly obvious anti-ageing transformation. The focus is on subtlety, with the right touches in the right places.

Nowhere did this insight come alive more strikingly than in the words of Michaela Brett, Winner (UAE) of Project Rewind 2015. A mum of two in her mid 30s, she is the archetypical example of the younger user of age-control services, who is looking for a bit of a refresh, rather than a dramatic reversal. “I don’t want to lose the Michaela look… Rewind me by two years, three years maybe.”

Well, it isn’t every day that a contest winner points in the direction of what our next campaign message could be. As our 2016 theme puts it, with a Kaya Rewind you can turn back the clock “just a little”.

While success can be measured in the number of responses and in the joy we bring our winners, the underlying goal of Project Rewind is to show women how age-control, done right can enhance their quality of life with style and grace. As our dermatologists put it, “Everyone will notice, no one will know.”

For those who would like to learn more about what it feels like to win a Rewind, Kaya’s Facebook page features last year’s winners, Michaela Brett from the UAE and Gay Clifford from Oman. Their videos say it all!

Beyond the contest, Kaya offers customers yet another unique, once-in-a-year opportunity: a Rewind at a much-awaited 15% off. That’s a delightful saving across the entire range of age-control services: from Botox® and fillers to PRP and advanced non-surgical face lifts. Duly customized of course. So it doesn’t really take much. Just a little!