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November 18, 2021

Confidence Rebounds in UAE as Consumers Embrace eCommerce and Contactless Payments

New Visa research shows how consumer spending habits have evolved since the start of the pandemic

More than 18 months since the onset of COVID-19, Visa announced the results of a study that tracks the impact of the pandemic on consumer attitudes and spending across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMEA). The COVID-19 CEMEA Impact Tracker reveals the impact of COVID-19 on areas including consumer attitudes towards local merchant categories, travel and events; cash versus digital payments; online shopping (both during and estimated post-COVID); and views on Buy Now, Pay Later and cryptocurrencies.

The findings highlight significant changes [...]

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November 2, 2021

Interview with Roberto Croci, MD of Microsoft for Start-ups in the MEA Region

Insight Middle East and Africa is delighted to speak to Roberto Croci, Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups in the Middle East and Africa Region

1. Roberto, please tell us about yourself and your role at Microsoft. What inspired you to pursue a career in the tech industry? Which aspects of it do you enjoy the most?

My father has been an entrepreneur and I grew up admiring him for his energy, empathy, and being able to find a way and make things happen despite going through many challenges. I always made my mission to help founders become successful and grow their businesses.

I started my career as a consultant, and I had the opportunity to leave [...]

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November 1, 2021

Emirati Fashionpreneur Launches Al Misk Ecommerce Platform

This October has brought a new E-commerce brand to the market – led by Noora Fikree, the CEO and founder of Al Misk Group, Al Misk boutique platform is the new promising platform that will make a difference in online consumer trends and brand visibility.

The launch ceremony for Al Misk Ecommerce platform was organized last week in Intercontinental hotel.

A large number of entrepreneurs and business owners witnessed the iconic launch of this wonder mobile application. Al Misk is a unique platform that offers multiple opportunities of marketing to various brands from diverse industries apart from the buying selling activities. The launch event was a huge success; [...]

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November 27, 2021

10,707 Instant Licences issued during the first 10 months of 2021

The Business Registration and Licensing (BRL) sector at the Department of Economy and Tourism in Dubai reported that 10,707 Instant Licences were issued during the first 10 months of 2021, among which 63% were Professional and 37% were Commercial.The Instant Licence is a path-breaking service whereby businessmen can establish and conduct business in Dubai easily with the option to issue an electronic Memorandum of Association (MOA), and a virtual site for the first year only. The service enables business owners to obtain their licences in one step within five minutes through invest.dubai.ae platform.Through the Instant Licence, the Department of Economy and Tourism aims to drive the [...]

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November 27, 2021

Dubai Customs’ Communication Department organizes a special workshop at EXPODubai 2020

Dubai Customs’ communication department organized a full-day workshop at the DP World’s Pavilion at EXPO2020 with the aim of highlighting the increasing role communication can play in engaging different segments with the corporate vision and mission. 

H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation inaugurated the workshop with an opening speech through which he delivered a number of messages that could serve as a roadmap for the future of communication work at the Government Department.

“Continuous development and planning stood behind the achievements we see today at PCFC. We deal with [...]

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November 27, 2021

Dubai Police named Smart Data Champion

The Dubai Police, represented by the General Department of Artificial Intelligent, has recently been recognised by the SDS+ Data Awards as a “Smart Data Champion of the Year” for the Smart Police Stations (SPS) initiative.

The Force was awarded for its outstanding achievements in applying data analytics and AI technologies across its policing and service sectors.

The Award, presented by IBM (International Business Machines Corporation), was handed over during a ceremony organised on the sidelines of the eighth edition of Smart Data Summit plus held on 17-18 November 2021.

Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Director of the General Department [...]

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November 27, 2021

Dubai ranked first in the Arab world and fifth globally in cultural interaction in the Global Power City Index 2021

In a new global achievement for Dubai on the cultural front, the emirate has enhanced its ranking in the Global Power City Index (GPCI) 2021 issued by the Institute for Urban Strategies at The Mori Memorial Foundation in Japan. Dubai ranked first in the Arab world and fifth globally in the cultural interaction criterion that measures the performance of cities in terms of leadership, tourist attractions, the number of cultural facilities and the availability of visitors’ amenities and communication.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai said the emirate’s ranking in the Index [...]

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November 27, 2021

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer welcomes the US Consul General to DEWA’s Innovation Centre

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD&CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), welcomed HE Meghan Gregonis, United States Consul General in Dubai, to DEWA’s Innovation Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The visit aimed to review the latest renewable energy technologies and the Centre’s innovations in supporting the future of clean energy.

Al Tayer highlighted the various sections of the Innovation Centre to the US Consul General. The Centre reflects DEWA’s efforts to support innovation in clean energy and develop creative solutions for the production and management of renewable energy. Al Tayer noted that the Centre supports DEWA’s renewable [...]

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November 26, 2021

Dubai hosts the world’s largest run as 146,000 participants join Dubai Run on Sheikh Zayed Road

With an incredible display of enthusiasm and determination, 146,000 people converged on Sheikh Zayed Road today to take part in Dubai Run 2021, the world’s largest run. Presented by Mai Dubai, the event was held on the closing weekend of this year’s Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), the citywide initiative of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, which aims to make Dubai the world’s fittest city. Inspired by the vision of its leadership, Dubai is the only city in the world to offer its citizens, residents and visitors an entire month of all-inclusive, free fitness events, including the Dubai [...]

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November 26, 2021

Accor introduces Emblems Collection – a captivating portfolio of unique luxury hotels

Accor, a world leading hospitality group featuring one of the industry’s most diverse and fully integrated hospitality ecosystems, is delighted to introduce Emblems Collection, a unique global portfolio of boutique hotels and luxurious resorts. Emblems Collection is launching with a magnificent flagship hotel – Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection in China’s Guizhou province, slated to open in December 2022. The luxury brand is expected to grow to 60 properties around the world by 2030.

“Emblems Collection adds a fresh and exciting new dimension to Accor’s luxury offerings. A key focus of our growth and development strategy is to add aggressively across our [...]

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November 26, 2021

Involving Persons with Disabilities in COVID-19 Pandemic Response Key for Building More Inclusive, Accessible World, Secretary-General Observance Message Stresses

UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ stated on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, observed on 3 December:

“Realizing the rights, agency and leadership of persons with disabilities will advance our common future.

We need everyone, including persons with disabilities, on board to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  Around the world, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations are taking action to realize the call:  “Nothing about us, without us”.

COVID-19 has laid bare the persistent barriers and inequalities faced by the world’s 1 billion persons with disabilities, who have been among [...]

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November 26, 2021

First-of-a-Kind Global Resource for Central Bank Digital Currency & Stablecoin Launched

Two kinds of digital currency – central bank digital currency and stablecoins – have caught the attention of policy-makers and the private sector

A new digital currency resource suite aims to help leaders better understand and action new policies and regulations around the rapidly evolving topics of central bank digital currency and stablecoins.

Created by the World Economic Forum’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium, the new tool was created following 18 months of research and analysis with more than 85 member organizations across the public and private sector and civil society. The nearly 200 members of the consortium are from over 30 [...]

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November 26, 2021

World Economic Forum: Top 10 Emerging Technologies to Watch in 2021

The 10th anniversary edition of the World Economic Forum’s Top 10 Emerging Technologies report lists new tech trends poised to impact the world in the next three to five years.

 The World Economic Forum announced its annual list of breakthrough technologies with the most significant potential to impact the world positively. From climate change to public health, technology will play a critical role in finding solutions to many of the world’s challenges. This year’s emerging technologies demonstrate the rapid pace of human innovation and offer a glimpse into what a more sustainable, healthier future could look like.

“Our goal with the list is always [...]

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November 26, 2021

Secretary-General, in Video Message, Calls for Harnessing Potential of Digital Technologies to Build Resilience, Propel Circular Economy

In the video message to the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated:

I am pleased to convey my greetings to this fourth Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit.  My thanks to the Co-Chairs, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of digitalization in increasing business resilience and competitiveness — and safeguarding essential value chains.  But, it has also made clear that we must do more [...]

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November 26, 2021

Twelve-month EU COVID Certificate to Protect Recovery in Travel & Tourism

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for caution in response to a European Commission Recommendation that the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) should only remain valid for up to nine months after the second vaccination dose unless a booster jab is administered.

“The EU DCC is a great success in driving a common continent-wide approach to managing the COVID-19 health crisis and in facilitating the freedom of people to travel again. It underpins a fragile recovery in the travel and tourism sector. And it is critical that any changes to it have a joined-up approach that recognizes the impact of divergent policies by individual member states and promotes [...]

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November 25, 2021

HE Saeed Al Tayer discusses cooperation with UK Secretary of State for Transport

HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD, and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) welcomed the Rt Hon Grant Shapps, UK Secretary of State for Transport. The meeting was attended by Simon Penney, British Trade Commissioner for the Middle East and Consul General of the United Kingdom to Dubai and the Northern Emirates; Nathan Cox, Deputy Director, Trade Division, UK Department for Transport; Elena Barcan, Head of Exports and Inward Investment, UK Department for Transport; and Sophie Curry, Exports Policy Advisor, UK Department for Transport. From DEWA’s side, the meeting was attended by Waleed Bin Salman, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Excellence; Dr. [...]

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