Masdar Institute wins ‘TRL Student Award’ at Gulf Traffic 2016

Masdar Institute wins ‘TRL Student Award’ at Gulf Traffic 2016

World’s first graduate-level university recognized for their Bus Oriented Development project

 November 24, 2016

TRL (Transport Research Laboratory), the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility, has awarded the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute), with the ‘TRL Student Award’ during this year’s edition of Gulf Traffic, which was recently held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The award was given in recognition of Masdar Institute’s Bus Oriented Development (BOD) project and was received by Allan Ribeiro Pimenta, Asim Khanal, and Jean Phelippe Ramos de Oliveira, during the awards night held on the side-lines of Gulf Traffic 2016.



According to TRL senior executives, the ‘TRL Student Award’ is aimed at tapping into the creative skills of today’s younger generation in order to help solve practical, real-life problems while also helping the country in its move towards more growth and development. The team from Masdar Institute bested out entries from other universities in the UAE like Heriot Watt University (Intelligent Parking System) and American University – Dubai (Optimizing the Dubai Public Transport System to meet the needs of the growing population).


The winning submission was cited for its research on how the Abu Dhabi transportation system can become an example of sustainable mobility. The study recommended some key solutions on how the emirate’s transport system can be improved–including BRT Oriented Development, segmentation of busses, enhancement of an existing customer information mobile app and the marketization of public busses. The recommendations are seen as likely solutions to help create a more effective public transportation service.


“We congratulate and commend the team from Masdar Institute for their excellent research work on improving Abu Dhabi’s public transport system. The ‘TRL Student Award’ received overwhelming response from local universities—turning in brilliant work covering timely transportation and mobility issues in the UAE.


“The award category demonstrates our continuing belief and confidence in today’s youth and the role they play in bringing the future of transport to life. TRL wants to encourage new blood into the transport domain and recognize fresh and creative thinking by future professionals and we are proud to have created this platform for universities and young minds to showcase innovative ideas and solutions to challenges being faced today,” concluded Dr. Britta Lang, Country Director – UAE, TRL.




About TRL

TRL is the global centre for innovation in transport and mobility. It provides world-leading research, technology and software solutions for surface transport modes and related markets of automotive, motorsport, insurance and energy.


Independent from government, industry and academia, TRL helps organisations create global transport systems that are safe, clean, affordable, liveable and efficient. Core areas of expertise include transport safety; vehicle engineering & simulation; investigations & major incident forensics; human factors & behavioural science; intelligent transport systems; infrastructure asset management; and sustainability & climate change.


Established in 1933 within the British Government as the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, TRL was subsequently privatised in 1996. Today, TRL has more than 1,000 clients across 145 countries, driving positive societal and economic benefit worldwide.



Hytera completes major digital trunked radio deployment for TIBAH Airports in KSA

Hytera completes major digital trunked radio deployment for TIBAH Airports in KSA

Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport now enjoys crystal-clear digital voice, messaging, GPS, AVL & recording services

November 24, 2016
Hytera, the leading provider of Professional Mobile Radio solutions, has completed recently the installation of a Hytera Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Trunking Lite system at the expanded Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, the second holiest city in Islam after Mecca, for operator TIBAH Airports Development Company.

The airport – the fourth biggest and busiest in Saudi Arabia which handled 5.8 million passengers in 2015, including 802,592 Hajj and 2.14 million Umrah passengers – was reinaugurated on July 2, 2015 after undergoing a major USD 1.2 billion expansion.



Shortly after the revamped airport’s operation, TIBAH Airports Development Company noticed a decline in daily performance and work efficiency caused by the inefficiency of the existing Push-to-Talk system which was then using outdated Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDen) technology. Personnel complained of unstable communications, poor internal coverage, lack of voice recording capabilities and absence of aftersales service, among others, prompting the operator to seek a new independent, reliable and professional mobile radio system.

To address these issues and adopt a more agile and reliable mobile communications network, TIBAH Airports Development Company commissioned Hytera to replace the legacy iDen network with its DMR Trunking Lite, a digital trunked radio solution based on the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) open standard which features easy installation, convenient transportation and compact design. For the Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport, Hytera deployed 150 terminals supporting crystal-clear digital voice along with versatile data services such as messaging, GPS and Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) tracking feature and voice recording.

The new system enables dispatchers to identify onsite staff’s location and movement by using the GPS and AVL functions. All voice communications are recorded and can be played back for checking and verification. The Hytera terminals are rigid and reliable, complying with IP67 (fully water and dust proof) and American Military standards. A Bio-Directional Amplifier (BDA) has been installed for signal enhancement, while a public switched telephone network (PSTN) gateway makes it easier for management to communicate with staff onsite.

Since the upgrade, the airport has been reporting consistently seamless, safe and reliable communications and vastly improved working efficiency. TIBAH Airports Development Company foresees future expansions on the system to meet growing passenger volume.

Eng. Fahim Iqbal, Telecom Supervisor, TIBAH Airports Development Company, said: “Clear and reliable communications is critical to the safety, comfort and satisfaction of all airport customers and personnel. Hytera trunking solution delivers this and more, providing a flexible network structure, robust functions and a wealth of applications to ensure optimal operational performance at lower infrastructure costs. Management and staff at Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport can now focus more on their core operations knowing that they are supported by a robust radio communications network.”

About Hytera Communications:
Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE: 002583) is a world-leading provider of Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) communications systems. It offers complete and customized communication solutions for government, public security, utility, transportation, enterprise and businesses. Founded in 1993 in Shenzhen, China, Hytera is a key player in the PMR industry with a large customer base in more than 120 countries and regions across the world. For more information, please visit

Supreme Legislation Committee celebrates UAE Innovation Week with theme ‘Invent for a Better Tomorrow’

Supreme Legislation Committee celebrates UAE Innovation Week with theme ‘Invent for a Better Tomorrow’

Event recognizes importance of encouraging innovation, knowledge and reading in cultural advancement

UAE, November 24, 2016 – In celebration of the UAE Innovation Week 2016, the Secretariat of the Supreme Legislation Committee (SLC) has held a ‘Reading Day’ recently as part of the national efforts to promote science, innovation and reading and place the UAE as one of the leading capitals in culture, knowledge and innovation.
This move is part of a series of events themed ‘Invent for a Better Tomorrow’ which aims to spur innovation and creativity among SLC’s senior management and staff in bid to create a legal environment that pioneers on legislation, rational and effective legal opinions.

The Innovation and Creativity Team has also organized an activity for the ‘Day of Knowledge’ at SLC headquarters in Dubai, including a workshop titled ‘Creative Thinking’ under the supervision of Professor Mohammad Murad. The event gained wide participation and commendation among the staff as they appreciate the value of experiences in understanding the principles of creative thinking, as well as the major elements that could help them hone creativity and innovation as individuals and within institutions.
H.E. Ahmed Saeed Bin Mishar Al Muhairi, Secretary General, Supreme Legislation Committee, said: “Choosing ‘Invent for a Better Tomorrow’ as the theme for this year’s celebration of the UAE Innovation Week 2016 stems from our belief in the importance of adopting innovation as a government, institution and community and raise our level of excellence and benchmark for leadership as we dream to become one of the world’s most advanced nations by 2021.
We are positive that ‘Reading Day’ and ‘Knowledge Day’ have inspired us to continue inventing as we move along in this innovation journey, in line with vision of our leaders. They have imparted on us that innovation is not an intellectual luxury or administrative improvement, but it is the secret of governments to be able to persist and evolve, and it is the secret behind the progress of their people.”
He added: “We make sure to effectively contribute to the cognitive, cultural, social and creative movement that will place the UAE as a leader in innovation and become a global cultural capital through our sustained efforts on developing creative energies and innovative ideas, as well as deepening and enriching knowledge as they are the foundations of a far-reaching cultural growth.
There is no doubt that ‘Reading Day’, ‘Knowledge Day’ and other similar events creates the drive for the Supreme Legislation Committee in Dubai to generate interest in science, encourage reading and promote innovation. It is an initiative that will have remarkable positive impact in helping us achieve our aspirations to create a distinct legal and legislative environment that is realistic, forward-looking, and supports the nation’s sustainable development plans.”
Murshed Hassan Mullah, Head of the Innovation and Creativity Team at the Supreme Legislation Committee, commented: “Our events portfolio for the UAE Innovation Week 2016 were focused on two main areas: reading and knowledge, which is in line with the Secretariat’s commitment to create an environment that encourages creativity, innovation and excellence. It also enhances our human resources development, consistent with our national goals to make innovation a key pillar in our future.”
“This year, we have also introduced a series of creative activities such as a competition on culture held during the ‘Reading Day’, ‘Creative Thinking’ and ‘Knowledge Day.’ We also have entertainment and interactive competitions during the opening day which helped build a positive atmosphere among male and female employees. We are looking forward to organize similar initiatives moving forward to help improve the creative capabilities of the staff in ways that would serve Dubai’s aspirations in advancing sustainable development supported by an integrated and well-developed legislative system,” added Mullah.
During the ‘Reading Day,’ SLC also conducted a Cultural Competition and announced the winners of the contest ‘I Read to You.’ The Secretariat concluded its celebration of UAE Innovation Week 2016 with an ‘Open Day’ featuring contests and other entertaining activities that highlight innovation and creativity.

UAE participates at 32nd Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation meeting in Istanbul

UAE participates at 32nd Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation meeting in Istanbul

Istanbul, November 24, 2016

The United Arab Emirates has participated at the 32nd session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) at the ministerial level, which opened yesterday (Wednesday, November 23) in Istanbul. Running for two days, the session’s inauguration was led by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The forum’s 15 main agenda focus on COMCEC Strategy, the 10-year program of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation, and global economic and bilateral trade developments among member countries.


H.E. Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Economy for Economic Affairs, is the head of the UAE delegation which comprises Khalifa Abdul Rahman Al Marzouqi, UAE Consul General in Istanbul; Nizar Faisal Al-Meshaal, Director, Department of Economic Agreements & Joint Committees; Fatima Al Hammadi from the Department of Economic Agreements; Sumayya Al Janahi, Undersecretary’s Office; and Amira Abdallah Al Dahmani from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
In his statement, H.E Eng. Al Shehhi said the discussions focused on several important topics and issues vital for all member countries, including new strategies to further develop the Islamic finance sector of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries. The attendees praised the countries with clear and successful Islamic finance strategies such as the UAE, which leads other nations in terms of provision of Islamic finance services.
During the meeting, the participants examined a report whose findings show a 3.1 per cent decline in the global economy in 2015 but that it is expected to see an improvement by 3.2 and 3.5 per cent in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
The report also reveals a decline in the OIC’s total good exports for three consecutive years, which amounted to about USD 1.6 trillion in 2015 compared with USD 2.3 trillion which was the highest registered in 2012.
The trade volume among intra-country members accounted for 20 per cent of the total world trade, and the percentage is expected to reach 25 per cent in the next period. To achieve the latter, more cooperation and coordination between countries are required.
The volume of the intra-OIC goods trade, on the other hand, amounted to about USD 7.9 billion in 2015, with intra-exports stood at USD 339 billion in 2015 versus USD 375 billion in 2014. The value of intra-imports in 2015 declined to USD 370 billion from USD 400 billion in 2014.


Dubai, UAE, November 20th 2016: The Quintessentially Wedding Atelier show is proud to announce the unparalleled success of the iconic luxurious wedding showcase held on November 17th – 19th at The St. Regis Dubai. The first international debut saw over 700 visitors, over 30 premium exhibitors, an array of VIP guests which truly set a new precedent for the bridal focused consumer whilst creating a sense of exclusivity and uniqueness.

Proudly leading the way for wedding events, a unique blend of beauty, jewellery, couture fashion, renowned leading global brands, entertainment and venues generated astonishing growth through a stunning retail offering and engaging consumer experience for brides-to-be.



James Lord, Managing Director, comments: “We wanted to ensure that this show really represented the fairy-tale wedding across all sectors. We wanted guests to be part of the ultimate regal wedding showcase, with each step further into the extraordinary dream created by the brands involved. Each part has been a unique journey and we are extremely proud of this first international debut’

Brands such as The Doll House, Susan Neville, Tony El Mendelek, Damas, Alissar Flowers and many more, portrayed the unparalleled caliber of this event though an array of beautifully curated displays of varying weddings services. Furthermore, an interactive and exclusive Beauty Lounge welcomed all ladies of Dubai, initiated by The Doll House. Guests could sample the latest bridal trends in hair, nails and make up and be utterly pampered throughout the day.

Amongst a variety of segments, another key highlight included the exclusive Damas reveal. Showcased in the Salon Prive, the leading luxury jewelry and watch retailer in the GCC displayed an exclusive, never-seen-before showcase. Brands who brought special pieces included: SAMA by Damas, Roberto Coin, Magerit, Leo Pizzo, Marco Bicego, Graff, Mikimoto and Faberge.

The St. Regis Dubai proved the ultimate destination to welcome this exceptional wedding experience. With a magnificent main ballroom and adjoining reception rooms, the regal venue provided a beautiful setting for the show. The bridal brand Marchesa was modelled throughout the event in partnership with The St. Regis Dubai and created an air of ultimate sophistication and elegance.

Throughout the weekend’s ethereal wedding showcase, locally based entertainment and talent company, The Fridge, was entertaining guests with an elegant mix of themed performances and displays. A variety of extraordinary harp players and violinists captivated audiences and gave unique performances.

The main ballroom area hosted a range of key exhibitors, moreover, Alissar Flowers curated a mesmerizing display of floral décor bring the full bridal feel to the weekends event. Alissar Flowers conceptualized and decorated the full ballroom space as well as pristine individual table settings, representing the full array of visuals spectacles Alissar Flowers can create.

During this breathtaking showcase, Dubai’s discerning clientele were invited to delve into a world of elite wedding inspiration and originality. With expert advice and access to the world’s finest luxury brands, brides and grooms were enthralled and charmed whilst heading into pure wedded bliss!

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Notes to Editors

Date: 17th – 19th November 2016
17th November 5-6pm Private Previews
18th November 3-6pm Private VIP Afternoon Tea / 6-9pm General entry
19th November 2-9pm General entry
Location: St Regis, Al Habtoor City Sheikh Zayed Road
Tickets: Tickets are complimentary and available online at from

About Quintessentially Atelier

Founded by James Lord, Quintessentially Ateliers are curated luxury shows featuring the finest brands and attended by members of Quintessentially and other HNWI.

About The St. Regis Dubai
Extending the St. Regis legacy to Dubai, The St. Regis Dubai is set to usher in a new era of lavish entertainment, sumptuous suppers and memorable meetings as it draws inspiration from New York’s gilded age. Influenced by the beaux-arts architecture of the original St. Regis New York, the hotel’s interiors take you back to the 18th century of classical design accentuated. Accommodation includes 234 rooms – 182 rooms and 52 Suites – complemented by eight distinctive culinary venues and the Iridium Spa. Other recreational facilities include a fitness centre and two rooftop outdoor swimming pools. For more information on The St. Regis Dubai, please visit or follow on Instagram and Twitter @StRegisDubai

About Al Habtoor City
Al Habtoor City is a multi-use development incorporating three five-star hotels, The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, alongside three luxurious residential towers. The City, which sits alongside the upcoming Dubai Water Canal, will also be home to the region’s first-ever permanent Dragone theatrical production choreographed exclusively for Al Habtoor City. In addition, there will be a tennis academy, a European-style boulevard lined with retail outlets, a marina and multiple restaurants.

Confirmed Exhibitor

Starwood – St Regis
Calvin Klein Fragrances
Nathalie Trad
Susan Neville
Alissar Flowers
Firenza Flora
Augustine Jewellers
The Fridge
Caricuturist Hatty Pedder
Style Tonic
White Almonds
ER Stationery
Tony El Mendelek
The Wedding Film Makers
Quintessentially Weddings
Pink Pepper
Bride Club ME
Arabia Wedding
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