Ministry of Health & Prevention participates in 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in China

Ministry of Health & Prevention participates in 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in China


Dr. Al Rand talks about UAE Government’s initiatives during panel discussion on ‘Ending Childhood Obesity

UAE, December 5, 2016-The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention recently participated in the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Shanghai 2016 in China which was held under the theme ‘Promoting Health in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Health for All and All for Health.’ Dr. Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary of the Health Centers and Clinics Sectors, and Dr. Fadila Mohammed Sharif, Director of the Health Education and Promotion Department, represented the Ministry.



Dr. Al Rand stated that the Ministry participated in the panel discussion on ‘Ending Childhood Obesity: How can progress on SDGs 2 and 3 be accelerated by strengthening good governance for health through action across government sectors?’ During the session, he elaborated that the elimination of childhood obesity is a priority for the UAE Government, being an integral part of UAE Vision 2021. Dr. Al Rand also mentioned that the Ministry aims to reduce the rate of obesity among children in the 5 to 17 age group by 12 per cent by 2021, highlighting all the initiatives and programs undertaken to realize the objective.

Dr. Sharif pointed out the Ministry’s numerous initiatives to combat obesity in children, including ‘2021 Healthy Children’ and ‘Lets Walk’ to raise awareness on healthy lifestyles along with the ‘School Canteens Guideline’ to promote healthy eating in school. She also talked about the Ministry’s participation in the accompanying conference at the 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Shanghai 2016 with three awareness posters.

The 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Shanghai 2016 announced the Shanghai Declaration on Health Promotion which commits to make bold political choices for health, emphasizing the links between health and well-being and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development goals. This will inspire national governments and decision makers to promote healthy lifestyle choices and activities across all segments of society in the next 15 years.

ATEÏS Middle East adopts Microsoft Office 365, to ‘ramp up’ productivity

ATEÏS Middle East adopts Microsoft Office 365, to ‘ramp up’ productivity

  • Office 365 deployment addresses issues of data-sharing, security, email management and back-up
  • Yammer creates ‘strong sense of community’ among employees
  • Leveraging of cloud delivers ‘undreamt-of’ levels of efficiency

5th December, 2016; Dubai, United Arab Emirates – ATEÏS Middle East, a regional pioneer in fire alarm research, development and manufacturer, today announced the completion of a digital transformation project in which Microsoft Office 365 has allowed employees to bring unprecedented productivity boons to the company.

ATEÏS Middle East began life in September 2006, in Dubai,bringing mass notification systems, fire alarm systems, professional audio systems, home automation and audio-visual systems, and acoustic solutions to the Middle East and Indian markets. Its decade-long expansion and workforce growth compelled its management team to consider digital transformation as a means to ensure continued productivity and competitiveness.

“We were the first fire-alarm manufacturer in the region and the first research and development centre,” said Hussam Al Haddad, Managing Director, AETIS Middle East.“We have grown multi-fold in the past decade, from two employees to around 80 employees, in four offices spread across the region. So we really needed a solution that would allow all our team members to communicate, and that would bring them together into a single innovation platform that is agile and secure”


The central aim of ATEÏS’ digital transformation programme was to introduce tools that would enhance inter-office team communication and collaboration. Also vital was the provision of secure access to data as needed. The company sought a single solution that would be flexible and scalable, and that would empower its workforce to achieve more.

“ATEÏS is a great example of how organisations of all types and scales can build better efficiencies through digital transformation,” said Haider Salloum, SMB Director, Microsoft Gulf. “Such transformations start with a decision to embrace the power of cloud, and end with undreamt-of productivity improvements. And then another story begins, where cloud adopters enjoy a new-found flexibility in growth. If your business grows, your cloud grows with it.”

After evaluation of several market alternatives, ATEÏS Middle East decided that Office 365 was only solution that addressed all its requirements.

“Some of the challenges we had prior to the Office 365 implementation concerned data-sharing, email management and user back-up,” said Mazamir Sorbi, HR and IT Manager, ATEÏS Middle East. “Since deployment, we discovered that our team members are a lot happier, because the applications are all so easy to use and employees have access to great tools like Yammer that allow them to share ideas freely and communicate with one another from anywhere, at any time.”

Outlook, Yammer and OneDrive, has brought the ATEIS family come closer fostering a level of collaboration, allowing the collective workforce to ramp up productivity and achieve more.  Team members can now connect with one another at will, leading to vast improvementsin data-access, knowledge-sharing and decision-making.

“At Microsoft, we believe in digital transformation because we have learned that its benefits are not abstract. In working with our customers worldwide, we have seen, firsthand, real improvements in productivity and team cohesion. This is the time of cloud.” Added Salloum

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Thomson Reuters launch Venture Capital Report on Economic Development in Bahrain

Thomson Reuters launch Venture Capital Report on Economic Development in Bahrain

MANAMA, BAHRAIN, 5 December 2016 – Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today released the findings of a Venture Capital Report on Economic Development in Bahrain.


The report was launched at the World Islamic Banking Conference in Bahrain. The study covers recommendations from leading market experts and exclusive interviews with market practitioners. It also outlines experiences of several countries with a focus on Shariah considerations related to venture capital.


According to the findings, Bahrain and the GCC region  have to adapt some aspects of the global venture capital role model and customize it to suit the region’s needs such as the introduction of new crowd funding regulations, easing the process of setting up legal entities for entrepreneurs, and expanding the existing the bankruptcy laws.


Furthermore, governments could play an important role in supporting the venture capital industry by providing matching funds, developing deal flow connection portals, and encouraging connections between VC firms and local professionals.


Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of Bahrain Economic Development Board said, “The report highlights the significance that venture capital plays in promoting the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Bahrain and the region. Venture capital is an important element in job creation and contributes to the acceleration of innovation across regional economies.

“In Bahrain start-ups will find a perfect testing ground for their ideas, with mature regulation and advice and support available from both public and private sector organisations. Not only that, but with our strategic location and advanced ICT infrastructure and policies, Bahrain can act as a launch pad for successful start-ups to grow and bring their ideas to the wider region.”

Nadim Najjar, Managing Director, Middle East and North Africa, Thomson Reuters, said, “Venture capital is an important industry that needs to be nurtured in the MENA region. We believe that education can foster a real entrepreneurial mind-set. Universities can also help by introducing courses on entrepreneurship and increasing investment in research and development.”


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About EDB

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) is a dynamic public agency with the overall responsibility for attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate.

The EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment. The EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages. These sectors include Financial Services, Manufacturing, ICT, Tourism & Leisure, Logistics and Transport. For more information, visit





VDR takes lead in Nomad Cup Challenge


Dubai, UAE, 5 December 2016:  Jordy Van Dort, Justin Thielecke and Talal Al Khoder of VDR Racing delivered a stellar team performance on Sunday night (4 December) en route to a comeback victory in Round Two of the Senior Emirates Schools Karting Championship (ESKC).


After two rounds, VDR Racing now leads the Senior Nomad Cup Challenge, a category for teams composed of drivers from mixed schools.


The evening began as it would end, with VDR setting the early pace and nailing pole position in qualifying with a best lap time of 1:11.282.  Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS) Arabian Ranches was right behind with a best time of 1:11.702.


When the start lights went out for the 60 minute endurance race, karts roared off into the night and the 19 participating teams sprang into action, readying their crews for driver changes.


After a few laps in VDR Racing lost its pole advantage when a pack of five karts reeled in the leader and vied for the top spot, with the veteran team of JESS Arabian Ranches eventually taking control.


Strategy and team pit stop execution are critical for any ESKC success, and after a series of driver changes throughout the race, it was clear which teams had been practicing.


Following the pit stop shuffling, VDR Racing came out back on top.  They were chased down by Dubai English Speaking College (DESC) Team 4 and JESS Arabian Ranches.


Despite losing the lead during the middle part of the contest, by the end of it VDR made it look easy, cruising in past the chequered flag 14.223 seconds in front of DESC Team 4 and 18.477 seconds ahead of third place JESS Arabian Ranches.


VDR Racing’s Justin Thielecke also set the fastest lap of the evening with a blistering time of 1:10.834.


With the overall win VDR Racing topped the Senior Nomad Category podium.  Young Emirati ace Rashid Al Awadhi from P1 Racing took home second place silverware, while the defending Nomad Cup Challenge champions Ghost Racing managed just third.


In the main Senior ESKC Category, teams comprised of drivers from one school, DESC Team 4 took top honours for the evening, just ahead of JESS Arabian Ranches in second and Repton School in third.  JESS Arabian Ranches still retains its lead in the Senior ESKC Challenge.


After the podium ceremony David Bright of Dubai Kartdrome commented: “It was magnificent to see all of the teams improve from Round One.


“This is especially true of VDR Racing whose team members have been training a great deal lately.  They were rewarded with the quadruple crown tonight—pole position, fastest lap, class win and overall win.”


Caption:          VDR Racing Wins ESKC Senior Round Two

GCC F&B industry experiencing unprecedented growth buoyed by rising population &tourists arrivals, says report

GCC F&B industry experiencing unprecedented growth buoyed by rising population &tourists arrivals, says report


  • Food consumption alone expected to reach 51.9 million metric tons by 2019


  • CAGR of 3.5 per cent in food consumption between 2014 and 2019 projected


  • Tourist arrivals forecasted to witness annual average growth of 7.8 per cent between 2014 and 2024 to further drive food demand


  • 70 per cent of food products imported, with cereals comprising 55 per cent of total imports


  • Organic food market to hit USD 1.5-billion mark by 2018


December 05, 2016 –The GCC’s booming population and growing tourism arrivals will continue to influence the exponential development of the region’s food and beverage (F&B) industry in the coming years, according to a report on ‘Feeding the Growing Appetite of the GCC F&B Market’ recently released by Orient Planet Research, an Orient Planet Group venture. Citing an industry study, the report reveals that food consumption in the region alone will likely reach 51.9 million metric tons by 2019, rising at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5 per cent between 2014 and 2019.

The report was released to examine the growing regional F&B industry in light of the GCC’scontinuous population growth, prevalently young demographics, and influx of tourists from all over the world. In terms of their booming population, the Arabian Gulf citieswill host 85 per cent of the region’s population by 2020 as predicted by the United Nations, with urban populations growing fastest in the UAE and Qatar.


Tourist arrivals also account for a large and growing portion of the F&B demand, particularly in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.Both countries annually receive more than 25 million tourists on average. In Saudi Arabia, religious tourists are the largest group of visitors who regularly flock to the Kingdom to perform Hajj and Umrah. On the other hand, leisure and business or bothare major factors that are drivingtourism in the Emirates, with the number of arrivals expected to substantially expand thanks to Dubai’s successful bid to host Expo 2020. During its six-month run, Expo 2020 is forecasted to draw over 25 million visitors on top of the government’s projected annual international visitor traffic of 20 million by 2020.

Furthermore, the Government of Dubai has launched intensive efforts to further drive tourism in the emirate. Both Dubai Shopping Festival and Dubai Food Festival (DFF) form part of these strategic initiatives designed to celebrate and enhance Dubai’s and the UAE’s global status as the region’s gastronomy capital.

Overall, regional tourist inflows are expected to accelerate at an annual average growth of 7.8 per cent between 2014 and 2024, adding to the demand for food and fuelling the dining-out trend across the GCC.

On top of the population boom and thriving tourism sector, GCC member states are also witnessing rising investments from food processing companies eager to take advantage of substantialmarket opportunities here.

Further, with the GCC’s limited food production due to its arid climate, less arable land, and water scarcity, the report sees importation to be continuously on the upswing just to meet the food demand. As it is, about 70 per cent of food products in the GCC are imported, with cereals comprising 55 per cent of total imports, revealsa recent Frost & Sullivan analysis.

Imported foods are locally processed for consumption and re-export, with the UAE considered as one of the leading food importers and re-exporters to the wider region.Significant opportunities have subsequently opened up in the region, particularly for allied industries such as processing machinery, packaging and logistics. The GCC as a result plans to increase investments in the manufacture, final packaging and distribution of goods.

Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet Group, said: “The flourishing regional F&B industry is offering a myriad of opportunities to global investors looking to widen their horizon in the GCC. The demand is increasing without let-up and there lies bright business prospects for F&B companies.Today’s marketplace, however, is not just overcrowded but is also highly competitive. Entrepreneurs must therefore ensure that their products and services are unique and of the finest quality possible, complemented by a reasonable price point to have a competitive advantage.Our report examines various trends affecting the regional market that can serve as a guide to companies seeking to carve their own niche here.Ultimately, what is important is that an entrepreneur must always bring something new and of added value to consumers in order to succeed.”

One of thelatest trends dominating the market is the increasing health awareness and taste for a westernized palate – which is changing the region’s dietary habit and stimulating the demand for organic and international foods. The report cites projections showing the GCC’s organic food market hitting the USD 1.5-billion mark by 2018.

The increasing interest in organic and other natural foods in the region demonstrates that consumers here have become more aware of what they are eating and are in fact gravitating towards nutritious mealswith due consideration to their total health and well-being. Such an important shift in consumer priorities reflects their increasing preference for more environment- friendly and health conscious food and beverage.

Aside from organic food, packaged food and food retailing are also emerging as major trends in the GCC F&B industry. Additionally, opportunities for allied industries such as processing machinery, packaging and logistics will remain vibrant as long as imported foods are continuously processed locally for consumption or re-export, the report adds.

Amidst the bright prospects, the report maintains that businesses entering the GCC market must have the right channel, the right partner, and the right positioning to smoothly and effectively establish their presence in the region.