Eleven high speed rounds take place during season’s
first action packed weekend

Dubai, UAE, 20 November 2016:  National racing returned to Dubai Autodrome last weekend (18-19 November) for two days of track action and paddock activities for the community.

The first National Race Days (NRD) Power Weekend of the season highlighted the top regional championships including: the NGK Racing Series, the UAE Sportbike Championship, the Radical Middle East Cup, Formula Gulf Academy and the all new F4 UAE Championship.

NGK Racing Series: GDL Nabs Two
The first round of the NGK Racing Series at Yas Marina was dominated by Dragon Racing, but driving on the 3.56 kilometre National Circuit at Dubai Autodrome proved to be more challenging for the veteran team.



In Race One, Lean Price in his Dragon Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 got the jump on pole sitter Wee Liam Keong behind the wheel of a GDL Racing Lamborghini Huracan.  Keong didn’t stay in second place for long though and within a few laps he managed to regain the lead and hold on to it until the end of the race.  He crossed the finish line 11.132 seconds ahead of Price, who was 13.486 seconds ahead of Petr Kacirek driving an immaculate Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

Wee Liam Keong analysed his race, made some adjustments and was even better in Race Two, dominating from start to finish and clearing the rest of the field by a comfortable gap of 1:06.047.  Petr Kacirek was the best of the rest, followed by Costas Papantonis in his Mouhritsa Racing Seat Leon Super Copa.

Wee Liam Keong was happy to finish the weekend with two Class Three victories.  Afterward he reflected, “We were a bit lacking at the start so we looked through the data, watched some video, spoke with the team and managed to find a bit of pace.  We’re happy with the result.”

Dragon Racing didn’t get the Class Three wins but they did secure Class Four with Tani Hanna and his Ferrari 458 Challenge and Class Five with Bill Martin driving a Porsche GT4 Clubsport.

The most intense racing was in the hectic Class Two category.  In his Honda Integra, Ashan Silva emerged from the scuffle to come out on top in both races.  Will Morrison was the best of the Class Two Renault Clio Cup sub-category, taking home two first place trophies.

Reigning champion Costas Papantonis of Mouhritsa Racing reminded everyone that he is still the top racer in Class One.  He powered his Seat Leon Super Copa over the line for two class victories.

UAE Sportbike Championship: A Different Look
With last season’s champ Abdulaziz Bin Ladin out of the line-up for the weekend, the top step of the podium was open for takers.

Nasser Al Shaiba made his case during qualifying, nailing the best lap time of 1.32.671 on his 1000cc Yamaha R1, a full 1.111 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor Ahmed Almuyini, riding a 600cc Kawasaki ZX6R.

All that changed in Race One.  Al Shaiba started well with a clean getaway from pole, securing his lead over Almuyini and Mahmoud Tannir riding a Honda CBR600RR.  The top three riders broke away from the pack and slugged it out up front.

Halfway through the race Tannir leapfrogged both Almuyini and Al Shaiba to take the lead.  With two laps remaining Ahmed Almuyini then made his move to seize the frontrunner position over Mahmoud Tannir and Nasser Al Shaiba, who started to lag behind.

Almuyini managed to fend off any more challenges and made it to the chequered flag just .163 seconds ahead Tannir.  Al Shaiba had to settle for third.
In Race Two Nasser Al Shaiba got another good start and looked to vanquish the previous result.  However, it was Mahmoud Tannir who would again rise to the challenge and take the lead after three laps.  Al Shiaba threatened the frontrunner but could not reel him in.  Tannir stayed in front for the win, with Al Shiaba in second and Almuyini in third.

Afterward Mahmoud Tannir commented, “I have to thank the guys at Honda.  We rectified some things for Race Two with the tires and it really, really worked.  I was very comfortable with the bike.”

Almuyini and Tannir both got important wins for the 600cc Class and the overall championship.  Nasser Al Shaiba was the clear victor in the non-championship 1000cc Class.

F4 UAE Championship: Inaugural Points Scoring Round
The new series got its first look of the Dubai Autodrome tarmac and the championship began in earnest with the first points scoring races.

Jonathan Aberdein went from pole to chequered flag in commanding style, taking the inaugural victory race by 1.424 seconds over fellow Motopark driver Logan Sargeant.  Dubai-based karting champion Sean Babington of Energy Dubai F4 secured third.

Jonathan performed well on Friday and was simply unstoppable on Saturday.  He took both races on the day and a haul of points for the weekend.  Sargeant gave chase each time but could not hunt Aberdein down.

Radical Middle East Cup:  Mixing It Up
Reigning champion Romain Lutter of Lucco Racing opened the defend of his title with a convincing win on Friday, powering his Radical SR3 from fourth on the grid to victory with an impressive gap of 23.584 seconds over Sergey Shalunov of Arloid Racing.  Dream Racing Dubai’s Jani Hjerppe finished third.

Friday belonged to Romain but Saturday would not be as kind to the Frenchman.  When the race commenced Lutter rocketed from third on the grid into lead and he looked to be on course for another victory.  However, Ollie Smith of AUH Motorsports gathered up the frontrunner and soon took control of the contest.

After 45 minutes of racing Smith ended up with a comfortable win, 41.852 seconds ahead of Jani Hjerppe, while Romain Lutter trailed in for third place.

Formula Gulf Academy: Unrelenting Alex
Omar Gazzaz made an early statement in Qualifying by snagging the best lap time of 1.21.973, just pipping out Alex Korkosik by .016 seconds.

Alex soon vindicated the setback with two straight race wins.  Omar chased both times but had to settle for a second place trophy on each outing. Saeed Al Ali took home third place silverware.

The next NRD Power Weekend will take place on 9-10 December 2016 at Dubai Autodrome.  It will feature MRF 2000, Porsche GT3 Cup Middle East, the NGK Enduro, the UAE Sportbike Championship and the Formula Gulf Academy.

Building team culture can help businesses overcome current challenges


Corporate chiefs facing today’s big business issues can learn from top football bosses like Guardiola, Klopp about getting the best from their teams

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 20 November 2016: Companies facing up to some of the biggest challenges to their businesses in recent times in the UAE should look inside their organisations and find ways to motivate staff, experts say.

PA Consulting Group, which works with businesses and governments worldwide, says CEOs who take firm and consistent action to build and strengthen their team culture create big advantages.

And Jason Harborow, Head of PA for the Middle East and North Africa based in the UAE, believes corporate bosses can learn from how top football managers like Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp get the best out of their teams.

“Against a backdrop of low oil prices and the threat from serious conflicts within and outside the Middle East, the biggest test now for any CEO is how to motivate and enthuse their staff.,” said Harborow. “The problem for many will be exaggerated by the fact that they have waited until the arrival of the current economic climate to give any serious thought to this issue.


“But it’s never too late to start building or reinforcing the team culture within your business, and those who do this most effectively and consistently will reap the biggest benefits.

Added Harborow: “Teams that bond together and work well together share and take on challenges just like they share, enjoy and celebrate success. Sometimes senior members within the hierarchy are perceived to be more important than those who are just starting off in the organisation. As a result, they feel neglected and even unwanted.

“But in the most successful businesses, young talent is given opportunities to work closely with the most experienced and successful members of the team. As a result they are obviously motivated, learn quickly and their level of performance improves.”

Harborow, a former professional sportsman, says business leaders can benefit from observing the way top managers and coaches in sports go about motivating their teams.

“While all have their own style of management and personalities, and we see that clearly with people like Guardiola and Klopp, they share an ability and determination to ensure proper co-ordination in the way their team performs,” he says.

“This means getting the best out of each and every member of the team, and also recognising that some individuals need to be motivated in different ways. In business as in sport, the best leaders make sure that every single member of the team feels part of it from the beginning.”

He adds: “The junior staff in any organisation thrive when presented with opportunities to succeed and go beyond the normal boundaries of their pay grade and basic job description. Challenging them in the early stages of their careers is the key to creating the best performers and business leaders of the future.

“Hold them back, block their opportunities, and you’re in danger of preventing them from achieving their full potential, or losing them to another team which places greater trust in young talent. The comparisons with top flight professional football today are obvious.”

Caption:    Jason Harborow: “The biggest test now for any CEO is how to motivate and enthuse their staff.”

Sharjah Tatweer Forum to empower young entrepreneurs with announcement of Innovation Pack 2 initiative

Sharjah Tatweer Forum to empower young entrepreneurs with announcement of Innovation Pack 2 initiative


GIMI Certification in Innovation Management is part of STF initiatives for UAE Innovation Week 2016


Recent reports state that country’s innovative projects to ensure continuity of business activities and growth of GDP at CAGR of four per cent till 2020


November 19, 2016

Sharjah Tatweer Forum (STF) has announced its new ‘Innovation Pack 2,’ one of STF’s initiatives for UAE Innovation Week 2016 as part of the celebrations in the Emirate of Sharjah, a celebration of innovation for everyone in the UAE in line with the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The Global Innovation Management Institute (GIMI) Certification in Innovation Management Program will be acquired after undergoing the online examination at the end of the course. The program will take place from November 20 to November 22, 2016 at Expo Center Sharjah.


According to a recent report from Research Konnection, the country’s current range of innovation strategy and projects are set to ensure the continuity of local business activities, resulting in GDP growth at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of four per cent from 2016 to 2020. The STF has pointed out that the course offering will be composed of three key modules that can be taken in two days. The two-day program is composed of key modules like Demystifying Innovation; Innovation Techniques and Innovation Breakthrough Process. Completion of the course is expected to bring in key advantages and benefits for candidates like playing a significant role in making innovation happen, improved job readiness, and mastery of innovation tool in developing ideas, concepts and cases.


“We are proud to be part of this year’s Innovation Week celebrations, rolling out this new course on Innovation Management for the UAE’s future leaders,” said Jassem Albloushi, Chairman, STF. “The strong focus that our wise leadership has placed on innovation demonstrates our commitment to further develop the economy and increase the UAE’s global competitiveness. Rest assured, the STF remains steadfast in its moves to promote an understanding of innovation and the UAE’s National Innovation Strategy and its impact on Knowledge Economy–helping raise more awareness on Global Innovation Trends and International Innovative Companies, forge partnerships between Academia and the Private Sector, and help establish a ‘Knowledge Hub’ in Sharjah as a center for Research and Development.”


The program covers all essential components of the GIMI Certification Level 1 program and will prepare candidates for an online assessment conducted by the STF. In addition, the Innovation Management course will also provide guidance and assistance in doing the Level 2 action project.



About Sharjah Tatweer Forum:


Established in 2005, Sharjah Tatweer Forum is a leading and pioneering organization with a strong focus on local, regional and global issues of importance to Sharjah and the UAE. It was a collaborative effort that aimed to encourage, empower and facilitate a community of young people to contribute in the sustainable socio-economic development of the emirate and the nation. As a Think Tank for Innovative Ideas, Sharjah Tatweer Forum is a platform to generate new, creative and entrepreneurial proposals that will drive the long-term growth of Sharjah. An organization of over 800 active members, it invites initiatives, activities, ideas, and social outreach programs to promote innovation, creativity, and knowledge economy.


Dubai Parks and Resorts celebrates the opening of Bollywood Parks™ Dubai following the successful launch of LEGOLAND® Dubai

Dubai Parks and Resorts celebrates the opening of Bollywood Parks™ Dubai following the successful launch of LEGOLAND® Dubai

⦁    Bollywood Parks™ Dubai officially opens today
⦁    Opening hours on opening day will be from 6:00pm- 1:00am
⦁    Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is the world’s first Bollywood inspired theme park

Dubai, UAE – November 17, 2016:  Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Middle East’s largest integrated theme park destination, today celebrates the opening of Bollywood Parks™ Dubai today, following the opening of LEGOLAND® Dubai and Riverland ™ Dubai two weeks ago.

Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, is a first-of-its-kind theme park that showcases rides and attractions based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. The park opened today with a ceremony that included various live entertainment shows performed by the talented Bollywood artists and dancers.


Raed Kajoor Al Nuaimi, CEO of DXB Entertainments PJSC, the owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts said: “Following the successful opening and commencement of operations at LEGOLAND® Dubai and Riverland™ Dubai, we are very excited and eager to witness our guests’ reactions when they experience Bollywood Parks™ Dubai. Today we celebrate the opening of the first Bollywood inspired theme park in the world, and we’re confident that it will appeal to a large segment of fans due to its popularity in the region”.

“We’re extremely proud to see this magnificent entertainment destination revealed to the world after 3 years of hard work and perseverance. Dubai Parks and Resorts is paving the way for future entertainment destinations, and shall forever change the face of family tourism and entertainment in the region” he added.

Bollywood Parks™ Dubai will recreate the Bollywood experience through themed attractions and rides spread across five zones: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios. Visitors will experience bold action, colourful story-telling and captivating dance sequences inspired by nine popular films: Rock On!!, Don, Lagaan, Sholay, Dabangg, Mughal-e-Azam, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, RA.One and Krrish. Bollywood Parks™ Dubai’s flagship offering is the 850-seater Rajmahal Theatre that will be home to a separately ticketed Broadway-style, Bollywood -themed show. During the day, the park will have up to 20 live shows across five stages: Rock On!!, Crossroads, Mumbai Express, Rangmanch and Stars on Steps.

The park will also offer six themed restaurants that capture India’s mouth-watering culinary offerings and eight retail outlets stocking quintessential filmy fare.

Dubai Parks and Resorts comprises three theme parks: Bollywood Parks™ Dubai a first-of-its-kind theme park that will showcase rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. MOTIONGATE™ Dubai – a unique theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and a LEGOLAND® Water Park. The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts that is free for all to enjoy, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph® Collection. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be the destination’s fourth theme park and the region’s first Six Flags theme park.

Notes to Editors:
Dubai Parks and Resorts, owned by DXB Entertainments PJSC, is the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination comprising three separate theme parks: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai the region’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park featuring immersive rides and attractions based on Hollywood hits; LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind theme park that will showcase rides and attraction based on some of Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters. It will also host the LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children aged 2-12. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be destinations fourth theme park and the regions first Six Flags themed park.
The entire destination is connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
Located on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai equidistant to Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports the destination offers over 100 rides and attractions
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DXB Entertainments PJSC
DXB Entertainments PJSC is a Dubai headquartered leisure and entertainment company traded on the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) under the trading symbol DXBE. As of the 30 September 2016 it had a market cap of AED 12.6 billion.

DXB Entertainments was listed on the DFM in December 2014 originally as Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC. DXB Entertainments owns the Dubai Parks and Resorts destination which consists of 4 theme parks (Six Flags Dubai opening in 2019) and 1 water park all at the same location. The large-scale AED 13.2 billion development is spread across 30.6 million square feet of land with 6.7 million ticketed visits expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.

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Eleven races to feature on Friday and Saturday

Dubai, UAE, 17 November 2016:  National racing returns to Dubai Autodrome this weekend (18-19 November) for two days of track action and paddock activities for the community.

The National Race Days (NRD) Power Weekend will highlight top regional championships including: the NGK Racing Series, the UAE Sportbike Championship, the Radical Middle East Cup, Formula Gulf Academy and the all new F4 UAE Championship.

Racing will take place on the 3.56 kilometre National Circuit configuration.

The Grandstand and Race Paddock will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday.  In addition to the racing, spectators will be able to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere in the paddock, which will accommodate food and beverage stands, a BMW car display, a kids play area and a host of racing teams with their pit crews and drivers.

Many of last season’s champions will be back to defend their titles.  Dragon Racing returns in full force, led by Leon Price in his Ferrari 488 GT3 to take on the elite contenders for the NGK Racing Series crown.  Bill Martin will contest Class Five in a new Porsche GT4 Clubsport and teammate Tani Hanna will compete in Class Four with a Ferrari 458 Challenge.


Mouhrista Racing also has reigning champions set to race this weekend.  Costas Papantonis will prepare his Seat Leon Super Copa in defence of his Class One title.  His son Alexandros Annivas will hope to return to his winning ways in Class Two and retainin the Clio Cup title.

For the last two seasons Abdulaziz Bin Ladin on a Kawasaki ZX6R has been riding near perfect in the UAE Sportbike Championship, and will certainly be the man to beat for any challenger.  Mahmoud Tannir on his Honda CBR600RR chased close behind Bin Ladin in the previous season and he will now be looking to conquer the top step of the podium.

In the three remaining race series, the championships are wide open.

Veterans Sergey Shalunov and “the Flying Finn” Jani Hjerppe will be the favourites to challenge for the Radical Middle East Cup, but will share the grid with plenty of capable competition, including Ollie Smith and his new teammate Dragos Dumitrascu, as well as the 2014-2015 Top Radical Rookie, Catalin Voicu.

The Formula Gulf Academy will feature young talent in an unpredictable start of the championship.  Making his debut with the series, young Emirati karting star Saeed Al Ali will be one to keep an eye out for.

Considerable attention will be focused on the new F4 UAE Championship powered by Abarth, with the first points scoring round to take place this weekend at Dubai Autodrome.  2016-2017 marks the inaugural season for the series, which makes the championship fair game for all drivers involved.  There will be some distinguished contenders, including Amna Al Qubaisi, Sean Babington and Saif Ben Sulayem, son of the legendary rally champion Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

NRD Power Weekend qualifying will commence on Thursday morning at 10:35.  The first race will flag off on Friday morning at 10:10, and racing will continue throughout the weekend until 14.00 on Saturday.

The general public will have free access to the Grandstand and Race Paddock at Dubai Autodrome.  For more information please visit:

Caption:    National Race Days Power Weekend at Dubai Autodrome.