ArabBrains http://arabbrains.com MENA Education Innovation Technology Investment Networking Events News Social Media Blogs Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:52:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mobily signs VSR agreement with Al Majdouie Group for provision of sustainable solutions http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/05/mobily-signs-vsr-agreement-with-al-majdouie-group-for-provision-of-sustainable-solutions/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/05/mobily-signs-vsr-agreement-with-al-majdouie-group-for-provision-of-sustainable-solutions/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 08:52:22 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15985 .
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Mobily has signed a VSR agreement with Al Majdouie Group at their headquarter in the eastern region in Dammam city. Under the agreement, mobily will provide the group with sustainable technical solution. The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Mr. Ismail Al Ghamdi the Chief business officer of Mobily and Sheikh Ali Bin Ibrahim Al Majdouie in addition to many other officials and representative of both companies.

As per the agreement, Mobily will provide technical solutions that will ensure business continuity and sustainability for Al Majdouie system in case of any problem, the system also helps recover any corrupt or missing data resulting from system and infrastructure issues. The service comes as part of smart cloud solution that helps businesses overcome obstacles faced by the business sector such as obsolete systems and recovery of lost data.

Ismail Al Ghamdi the Chief business officer of Mobily expressed his happiness on signing this agreement with Al Majdouie group and commented “this service provided by Mobily has become a must for all companies in Saudi Arabia in light of the technological evolution and resultant risks faced by businesses. We in Mobily are prepared to meet the business sector needs through services that make a difference and by offering higher level of information security for business sector in the kingdom”.

Mobily has a resilient and reliable infrastructure system to operate this kind of services along with highly experienced staff to manage a massive number of data centers in the kingdom. Al Majdouie holding group, established in 1965 with headquarters in Dammam city, are working in many fields and sectors like transportation and logistics, automobiles, manufacturing, real estate and investments with offices around the world with more than 5000 employees.

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ESKADENIA Software named “Best Technology Firm” for the second consecutive year http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/05/eskadenia-software-named-best-technology-firm-for-the-second-consecutive-year/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/05/eskadenia-software-named-best-technology-firm-for-the-second-consecutive-year/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:46:15 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15976 eskadeniaThe nomination for “Best Technology Firm of the Year” by MENA Insurance Review Magazine included leading and active Insurance Software vendors in the Middle East & North Africa Region. ESKADENIA Software was selected as the “Best Technology Firm” for the second time across two consecutive years. The award was given as recognition of the service provider that has made the biggest impact on the Insurance Industry in the MENA region through technological innovation and product offering. The award was based on preselected criteria: product innovation, high-quality product offering, meeting industry/client demands and ease-of-use.

The awards were presented during an annual gala dinner where MENA Insurance Review Magazine recognized and rewarded MENA based insurers, reinsurers, and brokers that have demonstrated exceptional customer service and innovative product development over the past 12 months. “Best Technology Firm of the Year” was awarded to ESKADENIA Software on January 27th to Mr. Shadi Sa’adeh, Managing Director of ESKADENIA Software-UAE on behalf of Mr. Nael Salah, Founder of ESKADENIA Software, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, DIFC – Dubai, UAE.

ESKADENIA Software offers a comprehensive and advanced range of Software Systems that exceed insurance companies’ ongoing demands which helps them to fully automate their operations by offering a wide range of communications channels and interactive tools. ESKADENIA Software products are characterized by seamless integration between various systems, user-friendly interfaces, high quality and stability of systems, and intensive after sales support. The ESKA® INSURES range of software products includes General Insurance, Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Travel Insurance, Banc-Assurance, Brokers Portal, Customers Portal, Report Generator, Management Information System, Approval and Notification Systems and a range of relevant Mobile Applications. ESKA® INSURES is designed to be fully and seamlessly integrated with the ESKA® Enterprise products on real time basis, such as Financial Systems, Human Resources, Customer Relationship Management, Workflow Management, Document Management, Logging and Audit Trail.

Mr. Nael Salah, Managing Director of ESKADENIA Software, commented “We are proud to be recognized by the MENA Insurance Awards as the Best Technology Firm of the Year for the second time in row. This award comes to emphasize the position of ESKADENIA Software as the leading provider of advanced and innovative comprehensive software systems to the Insurance sector in the Middle East and the confidence to increasingly target new markets globally.”

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UK based International Schools Partnership acquires Reach British School in Abu Dhabi http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/05/15981/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/05/15981/#respond Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:17:07 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15981 ispThe International Schools Partnership (ISP), a UK based growing global family of schools, has acquired the Reach British School LLC in Abu Dhabi.

ISP’s expansion into Abu Dhabi is a response to the demand for the UK educational model in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the growing recognition of the UK as an educational centre of excellence in the country.

The Reach British School is a young and promising school launched in September 2014 in a brand new, purpose built site. It currently has 1,065 pupils from Foundation Stage 2 through to Key Stage 3 and will continue to expand to Key Stage 5 in the coming years.

Ryan Robson, CEO of the International Schools Partnership, said:

“We are extremely pleased to announce that the International Schools Partnership is taking over ownership and management of Reach British School LLC in Abu Dhabi.

“The International Schools Partnership has been founded on the principle of inspiring world class learning and we are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver on this in Abu Dhabi through the Reach British School. Expanding our international partnership to the UAE was a natural move for ISP. There is a strong level of trust in the UK education model here and that we are keen to build on this. The school has fantastic potential and we are very excited about its bright future under our stewardship.”

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Emirates Foundation and Exxon Al Khalij announce Think Science partnership http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/04/emirates-foundation-and-exxon-al-khalij-announce-think-science-partnership/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/04/emirates-foundation-and-exxon-al-khalij-announce-think-science-partnership/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:24:11 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15971 emirates foundationEmirates Foundation and Exxon Al Khalij announce their partnership for Think Science in presence of Mrs. Clare Woodcraft. Emirates Foundation CEO, Mr. Mohanna Al Muhairi, Emirates Foundation COO as well as Mr. Paul Theys ExxonMobil UAE Lead Country Manager.

Emirates Foundation, an independent philanthropic organisation set up by the Abu Dhabi Government to facilitate public-private partnerships for empowering youth across the UAE and Exxon Al Khalij announced their partnership to support Think Science programme, one of the Foundation’s leading programmes that aims to empower Emirati youth to innovate through science and technology.

The agreement reflects and advances both partners’ strategic commitment to promoting science and technology among young Emiratis as an initiative of critical importance to the UAE’s development and progress.

The partnership agreement was signed by Clare Woodcraft-Scott, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation and Paul Theys, ExxonMobil’s UAE Lead Country Manager.

Think Science is comprised of three core components. The first component is the Think Science Competition – a nation-wide science competition that engages UAE youth to develop, design and build science-based innovations that respond to society’s most pressing needs. The second component is the Think Science Ambassadors a platform that inspires and empowers outstanding youth, who had previously participated in the Think Science Competition, and enhances their ability to address technological issues, through providing them with opportunities to participate in local, regional, and global platforms and competitions. Celebrating accomplishments of some of the brightest young and aspiring scientists from schools and universities across the UAE, Think Science’s third component is Think Science Connect, serving as a platform for youth and industries to connect and develop local talent.

Student achievement, particularly in science and engineering is important to the UAE’s capacity for innovation and future economic growth as set out by Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.

Now in its 4th year, proposals submitted by UAE youth to participate in Think Science have resulted in more than 900 projects in different science and technology disciplines. Over 200 outstanding projects are selected to compete at the annual Think Science Fair, showcased by over 560 youth. This year’s edition of the Think Science Fair will take place in April 17-19, 2016 in Dubai at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Mohanna Al Muhairi, Emirates Foundation Chief Operations Officer said: “At Emirates Foundation we believe in a focused model of philanthropy where impact can be maximized through effective and long term partnerships. This is part of the promise we bring to our nation’s development and the value proposition we offer our partners. This is particularly visible through our Think Science Programme where innovation, science and technology are coming to life and maturing into successful models that contribute directly to the development of a knowledge-based economy. Investment in science, technology, research and incubation of budding ideas through our private sector partnerships will without doubt expedite the transformation of our economy into a model of sustainable growth and development,” Al Muhairi continued.

ExxonMobil’s UAE Lead Country Manager, Paul Theys commented: “By partnering with Emirates Foundation, we strive to make a difference and contribute to Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 by sharing competencies and best practices. ExxonMobil encourages the pursuit of science and math through a variety of programs around the world including in the UAE. We have made it a priority to reinvigorate student interest in science and math at all ages as this is the key to building a competitive workforce and ensuring students get the education needed to become the engineers and innovators of tomorrow.”

Emirates Foundation THINK SCIENCE Program:

The Emirates Foundation is now focused on its new mission of delivering positive and permanent social impact for young people. We plan to do so through our new six-strong program portfolio that provides long-term initiatives to support youth. Think Science is one of these programs that aims to create a strong link between young people and the industrial and business sector in the UAE with a view to addressing the skills gap in this area.

Think Science aims to spark Emirati youth’s interest in science and technology (S&T) with a view to encouraging them to both study science and technology and follow a career in this area. The program aims to motivate young people to look at this as a potentially exciting and highly rewarding career path that not only can provide them with excellent professional opportunities but will also support the ambitious industrial development goals of the UAE.

Please find below more information about the program and how you can get involved:

The Think Science Competition is organized to encourage teamwork and provoke interest in hands-on technology among high school and university youth and individuals (age 15-35). Participants have the opportunity to build interactive scientific models with community benefits.

More than 560 UAE Youth will be selected to participate with about 210 projects competing at the national level in the following categories:
The competition focuses on electrical engineering, environmental sciences, industrial and mechanical systems, energy, applied physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, safety systems, smart systems, transportation, and aviation.

The competition will be judged by 50 -60 esteemed judges drawn from industry and academia. It is a great opportunity to understand the local talent pool and to encourage youth development.
The Think Science Connect event is a strategic platform for connecting young scientists and engineers with the business sector. The event comprises a massive exhibition planned to be held in the World Trade Center, Dubai for three days offering companies and academia the chance to showcase their recruitment opportunities and source talent. The event will be a very broad engagement initiative connecting young people with a strategic scientific network. Connect provides individual companies, academia and government institutions the opportunity to showcase their work and connect directly with high school and university youth. 40 institutions are selected to exhibit at the event.

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Gulf Craft Partners with Ajman University of Science and Technology to Enhance the UAE’s Industrial Hub http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/04/gulf-craft-partners-with-ajman-university-of-science-and-technology-to-enhance-the-uaes-industrial-hub/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/04/gulf-craft-partners-with-ajman-university-of-science-and-technology-to-enhance-the-uaes-industrial-hub/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:36:42 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15969 austAgreement will Promote Knowledge-Exchange Opportunities in Leisure Maritime Sector

Ajman – Emirates-based shipyard Gulf Craft signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ajman University of Science and Technology (AUST) in an agreement that aims to promote industry research and help cultivate the next generation of UAE professionals.

The new partnership will facilitate the exchange of information and expertise, and will enable AUST students to apply theoretical knowledge in an industrial setting at Gulf Craft ‘s award-winning yacht and boat building facilities. Distinguished students will also have an opportunity to intern at Gulf Craft across various fields, ranging from communications and information technology, to interior design and engineering.

“Research and development plays a critical role in the progress of the leisure maritime sector, and that is why we continue to forge new relationships and build on existing ones that support us in our endeavor to continuously innovate,” said Erwin Bamps, CEO of Gulf Craft .

“Technology is constantly changing, and our ability to produce oceangoing yet comfortable craft that meet evolving market requirements relies on credible and scholarly information. We look forward to working closely with AUST towards our mutual goal of disseminating knowledge and advancing the UAE as a global and regional industrial hub,” Bamps added.
The partnership will also support the development of new university programs that cater to changing industry needs.

Professor Ahmed Ankit, Assistant to President of External Relations, said: “Nurturing homegrown talent with the right skills mix is critical to the success of a country’s economy, and there is no better way to prepare students for the real world than to immerse them in it.”

“This agreement will give our students an exciting opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom in a real work setting, empowering them with the knowledge and experience they need to excel in their careers and realize their potential,” Prof. Ankit concluded.

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College of medicine opens at Mohammed bin Rashid university of medicine and health sciences http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/04/college-of-medicine-opens-at-mohammed-bin-rashid-university-of-medicine-and-health-sciences-2/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/04/college-of-medicine-opens-at-mohammed-bin-rashid-university-of-medicine-and-health-sciences-2/#respond Thu, 04 Feb 2016 04:41:57 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15966 His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE

Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Chairperson of Dubai Healthcare City Authority HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, today officially launched the College of Medicine and its degree program for medical undergraduates at the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU).

HRH Princess Haya, who launched the College of Medicine when visiting the Dubai Healthcare City pavilion at Arab Health Exhibition and Congress 2016, was joined by HE Abdul Rahman Mohamed Al Oweis, UAE Minister of Health; Dr Amer Sharif, CEO, Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Education; Dr Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Dean of the College of Medicine; and other MBRU members.

The College of Medicine will open applications on January 31, 2016 for its six-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program for the academic year beginning September 2016. Applications should be submitted prior to March 31, 2016.

Accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR), and in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast, 50 seats are available for candidates seeking admission based on key academic criteria.

Her Excellency Dr Raja Al Gurg, Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director of Dubai Healthcare City Authority, said, “By providing high-quality undergraduate education, we put in place a plan to ensure the continued evolution and growth of the healthcare workforce. There has been dedicated effort and enthusiasm into the establishment of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and its Colleges.”

Dr Al Gurg added, “We are excited about welcoming our first intake of medical students who will benefit from the University’s academic and clinical partnerships. We look forward to seeing our students gain insight into medical practice as they build on their education to take their rightful place at the forefront of healthcare excellence.”

With an emphasis on quality, innovation and creating an ideal environment for students to learn and grow, MBRU aims to uplift the standards of medical education, healthcare and research in the UAE and the region. Located in the Mohammed Bin Rashid Academic Medical Center in Dubai Healthcare City, one of the University’s primary goals is to reverse the trend of seeking medical education overseas by providing quality medical education closer to home.

Dr Sharif said, “Opening applications for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery program is a momentous occasion. Through this program, we are training students from the UAE to lead innovation and research in medicine, to prepare them for top tier postgraduate programs and to nurture quality and innovation in medicine in the region.”

Dr Alsheikh-Ali said, “Students interested in a career in medicine will benefit from the teaching approach that focuses on instructional and institutional excellence and innovation. The College of Medicine at MBRU aims to provide integrated medical education and research that is nationally responsive and globally connected.”

To learn more about admission criteria and how to apply, visit www.mbruniversity.ac.ae.

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Lubna Al Qasimi inducted as member of the International Committee of Financing Global Education http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/03/lubna-al-qasimi-inducted-as-member-of-the-international-committee-of-financing-global-education/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/03/lubna-al-qasimi-inducted-as-member-of-the-international-committee-of-financing-global-education/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:30:36 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15963 lubnaHE Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, Head of the UAE Committee for Coordination of Humanitarian Aid, confirmed that providing education opportunities for people in developing countries and poor communities has become a key requirement in light of the recently-adopted 2030 Agenda and its accompanying Sustainable Development Goals. As a tool to overcome challenges and cultivate knowledge-based economies, education has become fundamental to achieving sustainable development.

This came as part of HE Sheikha Lubna’s statement during her participation in the second meeting of the International Committee of Financing for Global Education, held yesterday in London, where she was official inducted as a member of the Committee in honor of the UAE’s leadership in foreign assistance. The Committee highlighted the UAE’s efforts in the education sector as a major part of the campaign to achieve both the 2015 Millennium Development Goals and the newly-established Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

The meeting been attended by the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Michelle Bachelet President of the Republic of Chile, Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, and Peter Mutharika, Malawi President.

The Committee discusses the mechanisms necessary to create educational opportunities for people in developing countries and poor communities, as well as the millions of children who drop out of school annually around the world. It also addresses the educational needs of refugees and displaced persons, and develops scenarios to help catalyze education efforts to further promote economic growth and stability.

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MBRSC honours outstanding employees at the 10th Annual Ceremony http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/03/mbrsc-honours-outstanding-employees-10th-annual-ceremony/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/03/mbrsc-honours-outstanding-employees-10th-annual-ceremony/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 06:34:01 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15990 mbsrcAl Shaibani: The UAE has what it takes to be ranked first in the field of space science and technology

In line with the strategy to recognise and honour the achievements of its engineers and employees, Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has held its tenth annual awards ceremony. During the ceremony employees were rewarded for their outstanding efforts and excellent performance during 2015, in the presence of H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC, officials and all the employees of the Centre.

The ceremony started with an opening speech by His Excellency, thanking His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of MBRSC and General Supervisor of all the Centre’s projects, strategic and development plans, for their continued support and deep trust in the teams.

Al Shaibani also praised the efforts of all the engineers and employees who have shown excellence, dedication and devotion in their work, thus reflecting an honourable image of the centre, which seeks to propel the UAE to be amongst the world’s greatest countries in the field of space.

The ceremony included a video documenting the achievements of the centre throughout the past ten years, and also saw the distribution of certificates of appreciation for employees for their long service at the centre. Moreover, certificates of appreciation were distributed to the winners of the Excellence Program “Bravo” from the engineering and administrative sectors, for accomplishing their tasks with a positive team spirit and exerting tremendous efforts in line with the culture of occupational excellence and innovation.

The winners were:

  • Imran Ahmed Al Hammadi received the Award of Distinction for an employee in the Technical Field Category
  • Boushra Rabi’ Salem received the Award of Distinction for an employee in the Administrative Field Category
  • Mohammed Naji Al Hai for the Extra Miles of the Technical Employee Category
  • Mohammed Yousuf Bshoury for the Extra Miles of the Administrative Employee Category
  • Hassan Abdullah bin Tawk for the Technical Exceptional Nomination Category
  • Abdullah Abdul Rahman Al Awadi for the Administrative Exceptional Nomination Category
  • KCAM Project team for the Distinguished Scientific Innovation Category
  • Aref Ramanath Muidony for the Unknown Soldier Category

 

Also, certificates of appreciation were distributed to all the candidates for the aforementioned categories, in addition to honouring the employees that graduated from the National Service Program and the outstanding student graduates.

 

H.E. Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC said: “At MBRSC we take pride in the success achieved by all the employees during the last ten years; this reflects our approach and our culture based on innovation and excellence in a stimulating and encouraging environment that supports success and development. The previous years witnessed many achievements which would have never seen the light of day were it not for the capabilities and competencies of our talented, professional team that faces challenges passionately with skill and perseverance, and knows no way other than achieving success and excellence”.

 

“The development of human capital in space science and technology is the most prominent pillar of growth, and is essential to the embodiment of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, for Dubai to become a leading platform in space industry worldwide,” Al Shaibani added.

 

“The UAE has what it takes to be ranked first in the field of space science and technology, including the vision, strategy, projects, human capital, infrastructure, determination, will and passion to achieve success and development,” Al Shaibani concluded.

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Organized Tawasul Forum in Ajman http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/03/organized-tawasul-forum-in-ajman/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/03/organized-tawasul-forum-in-ajman/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 04:14:07 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15957 khalifa fundKhalifa Fund continues its efforts to enhance the business environment in the SMEs sector

Ajman: Fund Khalifa for Enterprise Development organized the thirteenth Tawasul Forum in Ajman. That comes as part of the Fund’s interest to spread the quality initiatives aimed at enhancing the business environment and the different regions within the UAE.

Ahmed Al Hashemi, manager of Ajman branch said, ” Khalifa Fund will continue working towards creating the appropriate environment for the growth of SMEs all over the UAE. The Fund’s team is making strenuous efforts to enhance the competitive advantages of these projects and enable acquisition of a stake in the local markets”.

“The Fund puts lots of efforts to urge the government, semi-government and private entities to give small and medium enterprises certain privileges to contribute to the development and support for their success. The success of projects financed by the Fund and its development means the success of plans, programs and strategies of the Fund. The Fund’s management is keen to communicate with Emiratis entrepreneurs and listen to their views and learn about the challenges they face in order to cooperate with them to find optimal solutions for them”, added Al Hashemi.

Bodour Al Wahidi from Enterprise Development & Support Dept. made a presentation in which she highlights the support given by the Fund to the members. She also pointed to the distinctive success achieved through the Khalifa Fund gateway, which has become a platform for entrepreneurs for the local markets to enable them to market and promote their products and services effectively. In addition to communicating with government, semi-government and national companies as well as being a place for communication among the members themselves.

Hassan Al Soqui, Head of procurement and Helal Al Muharam, operations manager is Sharjah Cooperative Society gave a presentation in which their explained the co-op services, objectives as well as the procurement policies and procedures and methods to register in suppliers record.

Saad Hakeem from Hungarian Gulf Trading House made a presentation about the center services, activities and privileges and facilities provided to the owners of small and medium-sized projects.

Mohammed Al Janahi, Executive Director of investment Development Department in Ajman Chamber of Commerce and Industry also made a presentation on the facilities and benefits package offered by the Chamber to its members in general and owners of small and medium enterprises in the Ajman in particular.

Salem Ali Al Yasi, Head of Labor Office -Ajman made a presentation about the terms and condition to issue Labour cards, the mechanism of issuing permits and employments contracts. He also explained the advantages and exemptions provided to the owners of SMEs projects supported by Khalifa Fund , referring to the services of Darb and its smart applicants that were launched latterly.

Tawasul Forum included presentations of four projects funded and supported by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development in various fields and have benefited from the Fund’s services. At the end of the forum, there was a discussion about the major challenges faced by the members of the Fund and ways to overcome them as well as many of the proposals and promised from the fund management to take into account. The Fund main goal is to support SMEs and to enable them to contribute to the economic development taking place in the country.

It is noteworthy that the forum aims to promote communication and interaction among the owners of funded and supported projects by Khalifa Fund , and enable their owners to build a network of relationships that increase the efficiency of those projects.

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Q&A: World-record Siemens power technology for the Middle East http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/02/qa-world-record-siemens-power-technology-for-the-middle-east/ http://arabbrains.com/2016/02/02/qa-world-record-siemens-power-technology-for-the-middle-east/#respond Tue, 02 Feb 2016 09:35:46 +0000 http://arabbrains.com/?p=15955 .

Siemens has announced that its H-Class turbine technology has achieved a world-record electrical efficiency and record power generating capacity during a test run in Germany.

Answers by: Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO, Siemens Middle East and UAE.

1. What is the impact of this world-record technology on the Middle East region?

The region is witnessing unprecedented growth in energy demand. Each country must develop a reliable energy mix which accommodates this growth. By 2030 we expect that more than 65 per cent of the Middle East’s power generation will come from natural gas-fired plants. It therefore makes sense to use fuel and capital for solutions that deliver the most power for the least amount of resource. Our customers expect this, and the economic and environmental benefits are clear.

We currently see typical power plants connected to the grid with average efficiencies varying between 35 per cent up to 58 per cent. Of course the efficiency levels vary with climatic conditions, but an H-Class power plant capable of operating at more than 61 per cent is a game-changer for the Middle East’s energy mix.
A world record is an excellent achievement, but as with every record, it will get broken eventually. They are important, but it’s just a number. For customers, it’s even more important how this technology measures up in large-scale operation. It’s the overall package that counts. We have firm orders for 76 H-Class turbines, and there are already 17 in commercial use with more than 195,000 hours of operation worldwide. This is a thoroughly tested and proven technology that already works in practically every corner of the globe. And it’s just broken the world record for efficiency – again. We are not only offering a record-breaking product. We are offering customers peace of mind.

Statistics show that a single H-Class turbine in combined cycle can produce enough power to provide electricity to more than 2 million people. It represents an extraordinary leap forward in gas-fired power generation.

2. Where in the Middle East does Siemens see the potential application of H-Class technology?

The power plants we are currently constructing in Egypt already indicate there is significant interest in this technology. Countries to which H-Class technology are well-suited are characterized by high projected increases in electricity demand, large-scale grids and an expectation to retire ageing power generation infrastructure in the near future. Egypt, UAE, Qatar and Oman are all good examples of countries to which this technology can make a significant contribution to an efficient, reliable and increasingly sustainable future energy mix.

3. How does the H-Class fit into the Siemens portfolio in the region?

The needs of our customers in the region are as variable as our portfolio; it’s essential to select the right technology for the requirements. Our portfolio is focused on energy efficiency at all sizes, in order to suit a wide range of applications. The H-Class is a valuable addition to our technology portfolio in the Middle East.

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