H.E. Khalid bin Essam Al Qassimi Crowns Winners of UIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro Circuit World Championship, Grand Prix of Sharjah 2016

H.E. Khalid bin Essam Al Qassimi Crowns Winners of UIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro Circuit World Championship,Grand Prix of Sharjah 2016

Sharjah, December 21, 2016 – His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Essam Al Qassimi, Chairman of the Department of Civil Aviation in Sharjah,crowned the winners of the UIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro Circuit World Championship and the Grand Prix of Sharjah 2016tonight (Wednesday, December 21, 2016) at Khalid Lagoon.


H.E.Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), attended the prize-giving ceremony, along with H.E. Ali Salim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Airport Authority, Chairman of Sharjah International Marine Sports Club; Lewis Ribeiro, Representative of the UIM President; and Nicolo Di San Germano President of H20 Racing.


The second UIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro Circuit World Championship was organised by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) on December 19-21. The Aquabike World Championship is a Jet Ski race that attracts the world’s best riders for high-speed racing and also includes breath-taking aerial acrobatics in its freestyle category. It is adynamic global event that fuses extreme sports and glamour. The highly visual three-day event concluded the Sharjah World Championship Week on a high note.


The secondUIM-ABP Aquabike Class Pro Circuit World Championship included four categories:


The winners of the Ski Ladies divisionwere Emma-Nellie Orthendahl from Sweden in first place, followed by Jennifer Menard from France in second place, and Beatriz Curtinhal from Portugal in third. Meanwhile in the Ski GP1 were Jeremy Poret from France in first place, followed by Kevin Reiterer from Austria in second place, and Nacho Armillas from Spain in third.


In the Freestyle category, Rok Florjancic from Slovenia won first place, followed by Rashid Al Mulla from the UAE in second place and Nac Florjancic from Slovenia in third. Finally, in the Runabout GP1 category, Youssef Al Abdurazzaq from Kuwait won first place, while James Bushell from the UK and Lars Akerblom from Sweden won second and third, respectively.


Meanwhile, in the Grand Prix of Sharjah(which also included four categories),Emma-Nellie Orthendahl from Swedentook first place in the Ski Ladies division, followed by Beatriz Curtinhal from Portugal in second place, and Jennifer Menard from France in third place.


In the Ski GP1 category, Kevin Reiterer from Austria won first place, while Nacho Armillas from Spain and Morgan Poret from France won second and third, respectively. Meanwhile, in the Freestyle category, Rashid Al Mulla from the UAE came in first, while Rok Florjancic from Slovenia and Fahad Al Hamli from Qatar came in second and third, respectively. Finally, in the Runabout GP1 category, Youssef Al Abdurazzaq from Kuwait won first place, while Jeremy Perez from France won second place and Lars Akerblom from Sweden won third.


At the conclusion of the ceremony, H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa presented commemorative gifts to H.E. Sheikh Khalid bin Essam Al Qassimi and Lewis Ribeiro.


The Sharjah World Championship Week 2016 attracts massive crowds of water-sports enthusiasts from the UAE and abroad. The adrenaline-filled event has been organised to meet the highest international standards, which underlines Sharjah’s status as an excellent host for large-scale international events.


Dunkin’ Donuts launches DD Donate charity campaign in the UAE in collaboration with TV superstar Suzan Najm Aldeen

Brand will donate AED 1 per each purchase transactionacross its 72 branches in the UAE

Dunkin’ Donuts launches DD Donate charity campaign in the UAE in collaborationwithTV superstar Suzan Najm Aldeen

Campaign will gather donations for ‘Rashid Centre For Disabled’ in Dubai, ‘Zayed Higher Organization’ in Abu Dhabi and ‘Sharjah City For Humanitarian Services’ in Sharjah


Dubai – December21,2016:Continental Food Establishment, the sole franchisee of the famous coffee and baked goods brands, Dunkin’ Donuts, in the UAE,has launched a charity campaign “DD Donate” to raise funds for centres dealing with special needs and humanitarian causes across the country. The campaign was launched in collaboration with TV superstar Suzan Najm Aldeen, whose memorable roles have earned her wide acclaim across the Arab world.


DD Donate, which will run from December 15th 2016 till January 15th 2017, will see Dunkin Donuts donate AED 1 for every purchases transaction made at any of the 72 Dunkin’ Donuts branches across the UAE. The donation will be equally distributed to three centers across the country. These centers are: Rashid Centre For Disabled in Dubai, Zayed Higher Organization in Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah City For Humanitarian services in Sharjah. Suzan Najm Aldeen, in her role as the face of the DD Donate campaign, and general media ambassador of love and peace, will actively endorse the campaign and support fund raising efforts.


“The DD Donate Campaign is designed to encourage our fans and customers in support of our pledge to donate to charitable causes. We want to raise funds for charity and humanitarian partners who have a track record of helping improve lives and supporting those in need. We are delighted that superstar Suzan Najm Aldeen, who has deservedly won various prestigious awards and recognitionsoften and wasnamed the ambassador of love and peace, is the campaign ambassador of DD Donate,” says Marwan Salha, CEO of Continental Food Establishment.


“DD Donate carries the message of caring, hope and inclusion. I am delighted to be associated with a campaign that wants to help those in need. It’s exciting to see famous brands like Dunkin’ Donuts get involved with the community through charitable initiatives. During our partnership, we’ve found that the brand’s values dovetail with my own, and I’m looking forward to playing my role in mobilising goodwill and donations towards the campaign,” says Suzan Najm Aldeen.


The campaign’s conclusion will see Suzan Najm Aldeen and Dunkin’ Donuts representatives hand over donation cheques to partner organisations at a special ceremony.


Dunkin’ Donuts is a globally renowned and respected brand established more than 65 years ago. In the UAE, the brand belongs to its master franchisee “Continental Food Establishment”, a company that is owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Sultan Al Qasimi, member of the ruling family in the Emirate of Sharjah.



About Dunkin Donuts:


Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favourite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavoured coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for five years running. The company has more than 9,700 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. In 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts’ global system-wide sales totalled $6 billion. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, Dunkin’ Donuts is a subsidiary of Dunkin’ Brands, Inc.

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Inaugurates Regions Largest Manufacturing Plant by Unilever at Dubai Industrial Park

Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum Inaugurates Regions Largest Manufacturing Plant by Unilever at Dubai Industrial Park

100per cent of goods to be marked ‘Made in UAE’ of which 80 per cent to beexported


Ahmed bin Saeed: Such projects are in line with UAE Vision 2021


Ahmed bin Saeed: The UAE is stepping up its efforts to boost the industrial sector and make it a valuable contributor to the national economy, turning the ‘Made in UAE’ label into a true mark of quality and global excellence


Ahmed bin Saeed: This step will reinforce the manufacturing sector of the UAE economic system, where it plays a key role in Dubai Industrial Strategy

Dubai-UAE:21December, 2016–His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed,Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, today attended the inauguration ofthe region’s  largest personal care products manufacturing plant, by consumer goods giant Unilever, at Dubai Industrial Park. The company will mark products manufactured at the factorywith a ‘Made in UAE’ label and will export 80 percent of them to Europe and MENA region.

The official opening ceremony,of the AED 1 billion facility, took place under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Also in attendance were Paul Polman, CEO Unilever, Sanjiv Kakkar, Executive Vice President of Unilever MENA, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, and Abdulla Belhoul, CEO of Dubai Wholesale City, as well as senior officials from the TECOM Group.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “The UAE is accelerating its efforts to boost the industrial sector and make it a valuable contributor tothe national economy, turning the ‘Made in UAE’ label into a mark of quality and global excellence. We can achieve this through successful partnerships with international manufacturers, and stimulating investments in industry.”


“Our country has become a destination of choice for the industrial sector, as it provides modern infrastructure, an investment friendly environment and a world-class legislative framework for businesses seeking to become global trail blazers.”

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeedadded: “This project is a role model for industry thanks to its investment in people and its utilization of the latest technologies. Unilever has made a commitment to the highest sustainability and environmental safety standards, which reflects the UAE’s vision for a more sustainable world that improves quality of life, while protecting its vital resources.”

“The industrial sector adds value to the national economy and embodies the concept of integrating human capabilities with knowledge, to build productive societies and nurture generations that respect the value of work.”

His Highness concluded: “We are pleased to see such projects come to fruition in line with our Vision 2021. Thanks to dedicated minds and increasing awareness about the importance of responsible investments, we are confident that we will achieve the vision before 2021.”

Following the opening ceremony, His Highness Sheikh Ahmedtoured the plant and met with senior officials from Unilever and Dubai Industrial Park, who briefed him on the production lines and processes.

Spanning 100,000 square meters, this plant is the largest in the region, and is set to deliver the highest output of 100,000 tons per annumof liquid beauty and personal care products a year (approximately 500 million units). The brands manufactured include Dove, Fair & Lovely, Lifebuoy, Vaseline, Clear, TRESemmé, and Sunsilk.

The facility utilizes state-of-the-art technology, which combined with a modular design,ensures shorter, faster and highly responsive production lines that are highly flexible to match market demand. The facility is also designed to reduce waste and energy consumption, in line with the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan via which the company aims to decouple its growth from its environmental impact, while increasing their positive social impact.

In addition to supply chain efficiency, the advanced technology will enable automatic quality control, scanning at a rate of 350 bottles per minute, while also ensuring the highest safety standards integral to and embedded in all equipment designs.

Raw materials will be sourced both locally and globally. Exports will cover countries across North Africa, Middle East and Europe. Unilever is currently collaborating with key suppliers to implement a complete vertical integration, which will help in implementing “just in time” methodology which will enable the factory to become a global sourcing unit by 2022.In addition, 25 percent of the energy required to run the plant will come from solar power, and 80 percent of waste water will be repurposed and reused for agricultural and cleaning purposes.

Highlighting theimportance of the GCC and UAE markets for Unilever, Polman said: “Choosing the UAE was a strategic decision.  It is a trade corridor that connects the East and West, with important growth potential and world class infrastructure. Our new factory is testament to that – as the UAE’s largest private solar park, it reflects a shared vision of driving resilient, sustainable growth, underpinned by innovation”.

Polman praised the UAE leadership’s strategic economic diversification strategy. He saidthe new plant would support the country’s long-term goal to achieve sustainable economic growth,by contributing to the development of the manufacturing sector and the diversification of the national economy. He mentioned the opportunities that arise for multinational corporations along with the nation’s direction to develop the sector as a pillar of the economy.

With construction commencing in mid-2015, Unilever’s new facility was completed in 18 months with 2.8 million man hours and zero safety incidents.

Fadel Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Holding, commented: “We are immensely proud to welcome yet another world class brand into our Dubai Holding community. We believe this state of the art facility represents another milestone in UAE’s diversification strategy. Not only will it add to our country’s manufacturing capabilities, but Unilever’s presence as a manufacturer will further enhance the UAE’s position as a strategic industrial hub serving the region and beyond.”

On her part, Her Excellency Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Group, Member of Dubai Holding, developer and operator of Dubai Wholesale City, mentioned the significance of the manufacturing sector as part of the UAE’s economic diversification strategy, as well as a key contributor to achieving UAE Vision 2021. She said: “The manufacturing sector has great potential to add value to the UAE economy, and diversify national income. It embodies the concept of integration between human resources and knowledge to build productive communities, as well as generations that appreciate hard work and are aware of their responsibilities in economic development. We are delighted to witness more of these projects and prominent brands establishing presence in Dubai, which testifies the emirate’s position as a leading destination for trade, business, and innovation.”

She added: “TECOM Group is committed to support the efforts of our wise leadership in realizing Dubai Plan 2021, in all of its pillars and initiatives, including: diversifying sources of national income, developing national talent, and inspiring innovation. The accomplishment we are celebrating today is a positive demonstration of our confident steps towards achieving the promising vision.”

Commenting on the opening of the facility, Belhoulsaid: “This step by Unilever, an international consumer goods giant that distributes 400 brands to 190 countries around the world, reflects the abundant opportunities available in Dubai. It also indicates the readiness of the UAE to begin laying the foundations of a diversified knowledge-based economy. We are proud to host a facility of this importance at Dubai Wholesale City – Dubai Industrial Park.We are confident this plant will reinforce the manufacturing sector of the UAE economic system, where it plays a key role in Dubai Industrial Strategy 2030 that was announce by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is also a pillar in the UAE’s preparation for the post-oil era, which is why we are committed to meeting all the necessary requirements of our business partners and facilitatingthe growth of themanufacturingsector.”

He noted the significance of the ‘Made in UAE’ mark, which strengthens the trust of the local and expat investor. It also contributes to the competitiveness of the UAE product on a local and global scale.

Belhoul added: “With the establishment of this facility, generating 180 products that will carry the Made in UAE label, at Dubai Industrial Park in Dubai Wholesale City, Unilever will reap immense benefits from free trade agreements between the UAE and many countries around the world.

Kakker said: “The exponential growth in demand for our personal care products in the MENA region prompted our decision to establish this manufacturing base in Dubai Industrial Park. With an investment exceeding AED1 billion, 80 percent of its turnover will be generated mainly by exports, while also creating employment for up to 400 people.”

“Dubai Industrial Parkhas successfully positioned itself as a cutting-edge industrial hub and provides all the facilities and services to meet our needs. With time, we hope to expand to a complete end-to-end network of suppliers,enhancing our vertical integration which is a key enabler to allow us to become a global sourcing hub in the next few years. This will result in an even leaner manufacturing line due to efficient deliveries of all our raw and packaging materials.”

Supporting Unilever’s commitment of becoming carbon positive by 2030, and the UAE’s Clean Energy Strategy, DPC is one of the first factories in the region to have both Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal systems for one manufacturing plant.  This makes it the UAE’s largest private solar park.

In addition, green building solutions have been used to reduce the carbon footprint by 90 percent through a decrease in logistics, as well as recycling of all industrial waste resulting from manufacturing operations.

The new factory is also designed to ensure minimal environmental impact, including sending zero waste to landfill (nonhazardous waste) by partnering with reputable recycling companies with great expertise in environmental management. The factory will recycle 100 percent of nonhazardous waste, diverting all of it away from landfill from the first day of operation.

Following global best practices and implementing them in this region, the factory will be recycling wasted products starting from packaging up to off-spec products. Through this facility, Unilever will ensure that all plastic, carton, metal and other materials are being recycled into raw materials for use in other industries. Through its recycling partners, the company has gone the extra mile to ensure that all liquid waste is fully recycled where water and oil will be recovered for reuse.

Additionally, the high speed lines, built with world class manufacturing standards and modular designs enable rapid product delivery to the market. Capacity can be rapidly increased to deliver responsiveness to market demand. The facility is also equipped with cutting-edge continuous production technology, which reduces the production cycle by 90 percent.

As for the workforce, Unilever is the No.1 Employer of Choice in FMCG across all the key MENA markets – UAE, KSA, Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria. In line with its commitment to being an equal opportunity employer at least 40% of the work force will be women,and 36% of them will be working in process engineering, operations, production planning, customer service, management, etc.It additionally has employees from more than 10 nationalities.

According to research by Euromonitor International, the Middle East and Africa (MEA)will be the fastest-growing region for the sale of beauty and personal care products over the next five years, with the US $25.4 billion (AED93.27 billion) market projected to grow by 6.4 percent a year. Globally, the sector is expected to expand by 3 percent a year.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE, which together account for a quarter of the MEA market, will grow by 12 percent and 5.8 percent respectively. While Saudi Arabia dominated the overall sales in 2015with a national spend of US $5.3 billion, the UAE had the highest annual spend per capita at US $239.

CBeebies wins Channel of the Year at the Children’s BAFTAs 2016

CBeebies wins Channel of the Year at the Children’s BAFTAs 2016

21December 2016

BBC Children’s and Learning in the UK cleaned up at last Sunday’s Children’s BAFTAs, winning 13 awards, including the prestigious Channel of the Year Award for CBeebies. Other notable highlights included Best Pre-school Animation forHey Duggee and Best Pre-school Live Action Award for Topsy and Tim.


Within the Pre-school categories, CBeebies dominated, with BAFTA nominations for no less than six programmes. Of these, Hey Duggee, Go Jetters, and Sarah and Duck were commissioned and executive produced by BBC Worldwide. And Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures is a co-commission from CBeebiesand the BBC’s Natural History Unit.


Natasha Hussain, Vice President and General Manager of Middle East and Mediterranean commented, CBeebies is a channel that we are immensely proud of and it is great to see it recognised by BAFTA once more. We hope children and parents across the Middle East, where CBeebies is available exclusively on beIN, will continue to enjoy our award-winning content that continues to inform, educate and entertain.”


In Middle East & North Africa region, CBeebies channels is available exclusively through beIN and can be watched on channel number 134 on beIN platform.




About beIN


beINis a leading global network broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa (in 24 countries), France, USA, Canada, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.


beIN is a multi-genre platform providing exclusive access to prime sporting competitions including: FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, football leagues from Europe including Spain’s La Liga, England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, German’s League Bundesliga; CAN, AFC Champions League and AFC Asian Cup.  Among the world’s other most popular sports, tennis (including French Open, US Open), basketball (NBA), motorsports (MotoGP, Dakar Rally, NASCAR), cycling (Tour de France), rugby (Six Nations) and many more including handball (Qatar 2015) and gymnastics are also broadcast by beIN.


beIN offers complete spectrum of entertainment including blockbuster movies from around the world, stunning local and global entertainment besides best in class sports events all delivered through state of art technology.  Through beIN SPORTS CONNECT beIN DTH subscribers as well as non-subscribers can access content anytime anywhere.





About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.


In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.


For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.




A localhospital inauguratesnew additional private patient rooms and modern intensive-care stroke unit

A localhospital inauguratesnew additional private patient rooms and modern intensive-care stroke unit

Move is part of commitment to improve healthcare services

UAE, December 21, 2016 –A UAE’s leading healthcare service providers, Prime Hospital has inaugurated its new state-of-the art intensive-care stroke unit and newprivate rooms for its patients as part of its ongoing expansion efforts and commitment to provide world-class healthcare services. The newly opened units and private rooms are located thehospital building’s new floor.

The opening ceremony was attended by H.E. Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Bin Kalban, CEO of Hospital Services Sectorat the Dubai Health Authority; H.E. Khalifa bin Darrai,Executive Director of Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services (DCAS); Essa Al Ghurair, Chairman of Al GhurairFoods; and Dr. Jamil Ahmed, Managing Director of Prime Hospital. Their respective senior officials and administrators from DHA and Prime Hospital were also present in the ceremony.


The new facilities will essentially expand the hospital’s scope of services. The intensive-care stroke unit, in particular, is poised to raise the bar in stroke management as it is equipped with the latest medical devices and being led by a specialized team of consultants in the fields of neurology, neurosurgery, cardiology, radiology, and intensive care. The team is supported by highlyqualified nurses and other medical professionals.


For his part, H.E. Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Bin Kalban, CEO of Hospital Services Sectorat the Dubai Health Authority, said: “We continuously strengthen our relationship with the private sector as a recognition on our part of its significant role in promoting Dubai’s global competitiveness in the medical and healthcare industry, in addition to its contributions to the emirate’s healthcare services. Our robust partnership allows us to better address the health needs of our community members, provide them with topnotch services, and exchange experiences with our counterparts. The opening of new private rooms and modern intensive-care stroke unit at Prime Hospital is a great step forward to further elevate the hospital’s quality healthcare services. Such a move supports our efforts to make Dubai a leading destination for healthcare services and establish a distinguished medical system in the emirate.”

Dr. Jamil Ahmed, Managing Director of Prime Hospital, said: “As part of our continuous efforts to promote healthcare services in Dubai, we built a new intensive-care stroke unit and added more private roomsfor patients’convenienceinPrime Hospital. The new medical facilities enhance the provision of medical services to our patientsin line with our ongoing efforts to make Dubai the ultimate destination for advanced healthcare solutions and build a local medical system of highest quality. The private medical sector is continuously contributing to Dubai’s health ecosystem, playing a pivotal role inboosting medical tourism and providing best-in-class healthcare services. As a private institution, we also maintain robust partnerships with the public sector to exchange expertise and knowledge as well as promote innovation and ensure the provision of high-quality medical services to our patients.”


In line with the ongoing directives to ensure community welfare and happiness as well asprovide high-level medical services according to the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021, the Dubai Government has intensified its engagement with the private sector to increase healthcare investments and consistently deliver excellent medical services. In return, the private sector has actively participated in the development, upgrading and expansion of healthcare services in coordination with public institutions. Today, the private medical sector is seeing continuous and fast progress as evidenced by the establishments of new private hospitals, general and specialized clinics, healthcare complexes, and other relevant facilities. The progress further underlines the sector’s vital role in the provision and development of essential medical services.