3rd Anti-Infective Middle East Forum raises awareness on medical advances in antibiotics

3rd Anti-Infective Middle East Forum raises awareness on medical advances in antibiotics

UAE’s anti-infective private market accounts USD 231.84 million

UAE, November 14, 2016 – The 3rd Anti-Infective Middle East (ME) Forum, which was held in Dubai recently, highlighted the awareness on medical advances in antibiotics to improve the understanding of healthcare practitioners which would ultimately reflect on the general public’s proper use of antibiotics with an emphasis on skin infections, generic drugs, and the latest antibiotics available to transform the regional medical practice.


Antibiotics remain the most effective treatment for several life-threatening bacterial diseases, making fatal infections easily curable and major medical advances such as chemotherapy and organ transplant possible. In 2015, the UAE’s anti-infective private market was worth nearly USD 231.84 million, with sales of antibiotics totalling about 13 million units – representing a 9.5 per cent increase in value and an 11.5 per cent rise in unit sales over 2014.


While antibiotics continue to be wonder drugs, their overuse is harmful as it compromises effectiveness. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria transform their structure, impacting the efficacy of drugs, chemicals or other agents designed to cure or prevent infections. The bacteria survive and continue to multiply, causing more harm by either neutralizing the antibiotic, pumping it out, or changing the site of the antibiotic attack so as not to affect the functions of the bacteria.

Professor Dr. Hussain Al Rahma, President of Emirates Intensive Care Society (EICS), said: “Antibiotic resistance is an emerging global healthcare huge challenge as it’s promotes resistant strains of bacteria. Repeated and improper use of these medicines are the primary cause of increased drug-resistant bacteria and therefore needs immediate attention. We urge patients to take antibiotics only under prescription from a recognised healthcare professional and exactly as prescribed. It should never be taken for viral infections, shared with others, or stored for future use; leftovers should be immediately discarded.”

The conference, which was organised by Bayer Middle East, a leading life sciences company, organised, came out with several recommendations, most important among these is that everyone from health workers and members of the public must unite to reduce the phenomenon of bacterial resistance to antibiotics so as not to aggravate this problem that can lead to serious consequences.

TAQNIA Cyber receives Microsoft Authorized Training Centre certification

TAQNIA Cyber receives Microsoft Authorized Training Centre certification


Achievement bolsters company’s commitment to play a leading role in Saudization efforts


November 15, 2016


Koenig Solutions, a leading IT training provider and the world’s number one offshore training company, has revealed that its partner, TAQNIA Cyber, a Saudi government-owned company specializing in the fields of Information Security, Communication Security and Signal Intelligence offering its services and consultations to both public and private sectors, has been granted Microsoft Authorized Training Centre certification, allowing them to join the ranks of Microsoft’s Learning Partners authorized to deliver Microsoft Official Courses (MOC). Receiving the certification is also attributed to the strong ties maintained by TAQNIA Cyber with Koenig, which is considered a valuable Microsoft partner and recipient of the Microsoft Partner of the Year Award in India for six consecutive years.


The partnership between TAQNIA Cyber and Koenig has led to the opening of a modern cyber academy, which is completely aligned with the objectives of Vision 2030 to provide quality training to the Saudi population. With the certification, the academy will now be able to cover Microsoft courses in KSA. According to TAQNIA Cyber senior executives, the new certification is a step forward towards the efforts to play a key role in the country’s Saudization initiative– the official national policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).


“We will be bringing in the best quality training in the market with training delivered only through in-house trainers and not through freelancers,” said Aditya Girish, Territory Manager Middle East, Koenig Solutions. “Koenig, has the largest pool of IT trainers in the world and the same would be of immense help to cater this demand. Their long-time partnership with Microsoft has resulted in excellent performance and key results that have led to Koenig being named as Microsoft Partner of the Year for six straight years.”


The training centre will now be able to cater to the needs of cyber security experts from leading banks, financial institutions, government entities, law firms, healthcare centres, utility and transportation providers. These programs will cover relevant training techniques in order to assess customer employees’ cyber maturity and/or to provide them the keys to understanding the latest cyber security challenges. The modern training facility will also offer Koenig’s 30+ authorizations including that of Microsoft, EC Council, PMP, Adobe, Security Management, among others.




About Koenig

Koenig is a leading provider of state-of-the-art technical training and certifications across all popular IT technologies available globally. The world class training at Koenig is offered through several innovative learning methods and delivery models to cater the unique requirements of a global customer base. With a workforce of over 300 certified trainers, Koenig offers key certifications via their 30+ authorizations, which includes the likes of Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware, Red Hat, Novell, EC Council, Adobe, among others. Some of Koenig’s prestigious list of clients in the Middle East and Africa region includes Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Nakheel, PWC, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, RAK Bank, United Arab Bank Government of UAE – Department of Information, Communication, and Technology, ADNOC, DEWA, Du Telecom, the Prime Minister’s Office – UAE, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Chevron, Etisalat Nigeria, Angola LNG and TRA Tanzania. For more information please visit www.koenig-solutions.com.

NDIGITEC inaugurates its new lounge at Dubai Design District

NDIGITEC inaugurates its new lounge at Dubai Design District

Dubai, November, 2016: NDIGITEC, the leading UAE-based creative production company, has opened its new lounge at Dubai Design District [d3], the region’s most prestigious creative design hub. The lounge at d3, the first-of-its-kind in the region, is a meeting point of creativity and technology, showcasing the latest Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality content in its dedicated demo room.

NDIGITEC’s lounge is designed to inspire creativity, stimulate innovation and highlight the company’s core competencies as well as offer hi-tech technologies to relevant stakeholders as a step to boost customer interaction. The lounge cements NDIGITEC’s reputation as the preferred creative production partner in the UAE and across the region.



The Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality content on offer at the lounge open up exciting new possibilities for all brand owners and media requirements.

A glimpse of the AR/VR content in the demo room was showcased at the NDIGITEC’s web2print platform Dubaiprint.com print lounge at d3 during the Dubai Design Week organized recently.  Dubaiprint.com also rolled out existing offers and attracted hundreds of visitors to its premium print lounge during the event.

“NDIGITEC has ambitious expansion plans and the inauguration of the company’s lounge at Dubai Design District is a step in that direction. We plan to invest more in NDIGITEC Premedia as we see tremendous potential for our solutions in the region,” said Vatche Kavlakian, CEO of NDIGITEC.

NDIGITEC Premedia can also develop Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality content to help design companies at d3 and beyond, to test their concepts in real time. The lounge offers a vibrant ecosystem that enables NDIGITEC’s customers, the state-of-the-art space to explore ideas beyond boundaries.

Fathima Hypermarket announces ‘Shop & Drive’ promotion winners

Fathima Hypermarket announces ‘Shop & Drive’ promotion winners


DUBAI – November 15, 2016: The UAE-based retail major Fathima Group has announced the winners of its ‘Shop & Drive’ promotion. Mr. Christophor Akwamobo and Master Abel Abraham drove away with brand-new Mitsubishi Pajero cars as the grand prize.


All customers who shopped for a minimum of AED 50 and above at Fathima hypermarkets in Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah were eligible for the raffle draw.


Commenting on the campaign, Mr. Sameer Sulaiman, Group CEO of Fathima Group, said, “We were overwhelmed by the response we received for the campaign from our customers in the emirates of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah. Success of this campaign further elucidates Fathima retail chain’s position as a customer-friendly, one-stop destination for all household needs.”


“Fathima supermarket has always been in the forefront of providing its customers with the widest choice of brands and products at fair prices. Through its customer centric approach Fathima retail established itself as a people-driven brand offering variety and consistent availability of products. The retail chain has aptly positioned itself to be one of the preferred places for convenience and friendly shopping, it has also since inception, demonstrated swift responsiveness towards seasonal shopping trends,” he added.


Fathima Group with diversified businesses, predominantly a chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets and department stores, is currently on a vast expansion mode. The Group reinforces itself firmly to the modern, customer-centric retail landscape of the region by opening more retail outlets in the region and beyond.



About Fathima Group

Founded in 1968, Fathima Group of Companies evolved at the pace of its regional environment through the years, with a particular focus on modern retail. Created by a humble and hard-working family, it is one of the oldest companies in the country which explains its excellent relationships with customers and a strong brand recognition. Well established as a retail giant, the Group began with a small store in Abu Dhabi and now pans across the GCC with a larger business portfolio and 22 business verticals that include a chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets and department stores and a number of own brands.


The Group’s varied business interests include catering, trading, cold stores, electronics & home appliances, bakery, imports/exports; manufacturing and distribution of drinking water, spices and pulses; marine food supplies, flour mills, fastfood and restaurant, perfumery, apparels, hospitality management, facility management and constructions. Catering to a wide populace, the retail business has been a successful model for the Group over the years. With an increasing presence, Fathima Group has been able to gain popularity in a short span of time. Along with the UAE, the Group has a wide presence in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, India and China.

HullWiper honoured for “exemplary role” in enriching Dubai’s culture of innovation

HullWiper honoured for “exemplary role” in enriching Dubai’s culture of innovation

Pioneering Hull Cleaning technology recognised in the Emirate’s first Maritime Innovation Awards

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 November 2016 – Dubai Maritime City Authority has recognised GAC EnvironHull’s pioneering hull-cleaning technology for its “exemplary role” in enriching the Emirate’s maritime sector’s culture of innovation and excellence.


The diver- and brush-free HullWiper Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) has been recognised in the inaugural Dubai Maritime Innovation Awards presented by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on 2 November as part of Dubai Maritime Week.


Launched in Dubai in December 2013, HullWiper delivers the benefits of a foul-free hull with little or no down-time, whilst preserving both the delicate marine eco-system and human life. It uses water jets to remove fouling rather than brushes or other abrasives which can damage expensive coatings and collects debris from the operation for environmentally approved disposal on land, thus reducing the risk of cross-pollination of waters with alien species.


The system has been approved for use at ports in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, and more than 500 hull cleaning operations have been conducted using the ROV to date. Nearly half of those operations have been carried out in Dubai.


HullWiper’s recognition in the Dubai Maritime Innovation Awards is the sixth major industry accolade for GAC EnvironHull, and one of particular significance.


“It is especially gratifying to receive such recognition from our industry peers in the place from which we first launched our very own ‘yellow submarine’ nearly three years ago,” says GAC EnvironHull’s Managing Director Simon Doran. “This Award is further proof – if proof was needed – that people here really are getting the HullWiper message that ‘yellow is the new green’.


“The innovative spirit of Dubai is alive and well and fuelling growth and development, both locally and internationally.”


For more about what GAC’s hull cleaning experts can do for you and your fleet, go to http://gac.com/shipping/hull-cleaning-solution.

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