ArabBrains MENA Education Innovation Technology Investment Networking Events News Social Media Blogs Tue, 03 May 2016 07:13:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mashreq Qatar launches Biometric Banking Tue, 03 May 2016 07:13:33 +0000 mashreqAdvanced fingerprint recognition technology introduced as part of enhanced suite of features offered on the Snapp mobile banking application.

Doha – Continuing its legacy of innovation in digital banking, Mashreq, one of the leading financial institutions in the GCC, has announced the launch of biometric security for mobile banking in Qatar, allowing its customers to use their fingertips as password. Mashreq is one of the first banks in Qatar to offer the convenience of biometric banking to its customers.

The upgraded Mashreq’s mobile banking App Snapp also offers the unique and innovative Card less Cash withdrawal service, which allows Mashreq customers to send a transfer code to any mobile number in Qatar, 24/7. The recipient need not have a bank account and can withdraw cash from any Mashreq ATM in the country using the transfer code.

Mashreq’s digital-first approach to banking and its focus on technology innovation is revolutionizing Qatar’s banking and financial landscape, bringing unprecedented convenience and greater levels of transaction security to customers, whilst positioning the Bank firmly as the leader in driving next-generation banking solutions.

Thanks to the advanced technologies embedded in the biometric system, Mashreq customers will now be able to access their accounts without user name and passwords, overview their relationship with the Bank, and undertake a range of online transactions such as mobile-to-mobile domestic money transfer, international funds transfer, mobile top-ups for prepaid service globally, and instant utility bill payments, as well as receive Forex rate alerts, by having their identity verified on the go.

Mr. Niranjan Mendonca, Head of Retail, Mashreq Qatar said “At Mashreq our entire focus is on harnessing the power of technology to provide best-in-class, personalized digital solutions that enable customers to enjoy a simpler, faster and more secure banking experience, unlike any other. It’s a commitment that goes beyond anticipating and adapting to the needs of customers, and extends itself to reimagining conventional norms of banking to lead our industry’s transformation into the digital era. We invest heavily in building up our technology capabilities, and this has allowed us to emerge as a leader in the online banking space with 95% of all customer interactions with the bank now carried out via online.”

Designed to provide customers with quick, secure, one-touch access to their accounts online, the Snapp mobile banking application from Mashreq combines a smart and stylish user interface with the best in mobile banking functionality. The app’s intelligently designed home screen layout lets customers see their entire banking relationship at a glance, then get details and make transactions with simple, clear and interactive navigation.

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Saudi Arabia shows highest growth in high-quality science in Western Asia Tue, 03 May 2016 05:25:37 +0000 kaustSaudi Arabia continues to enhance its position as a regional leader in scientific research. As reported in Nature Index 2016 Saudi Arabia – published with the 28 April issue of Nature -Saudi Arabia’s contribution to high-quality research papers is growing more than any other country in Western Asia. Between 2012 and 2015, Saudi’s growth in contribution to the Nature Index was the eighth highest globally.

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil producer, but in 2008 the country put together a national research plan to shift from an oil-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, spearheaded by the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). The first stage of this plan saw the creation of state-of-the-art research institutes and modern universities.

The Nature Index is built on a country or institution’s contribution to about 60,000 high-quality papers each year, and counts both the total number of papers and the relative contribution to each paper. (See ‘About the Nature Index’ for further details.) Nature Index 2016 Saudi Arabia, analyses, interprets and puts into context Nature Index data to reflect the country’s achievements. In 2015, Saudi’s output surpassed all its Arab neighbors and many other regional leaders, to achieve the second highest output in the index in Western Asia. The country’s contribution has risen by 85% since 2012.

Chemistry accounts for two-thirds of Saudi Arabia’s research in the index, and the country’s contribution to chemistry papers has tripled since 2012. This growth takes Saudi Arabia ahead in chemistry of several European countries including Finland, Ireland and Portugal.

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and King Abdulaziz University (KAU), both located on the Kingdom’s western coast, account for nearly 90% of the country’s science output in 2015 as measured by the Nature Index. However, they are pursuing very different strategies with a very large share of article output coming from overseas collaborators in the case of KAU whereas with KAUST a larger share of contribution comes from within the walls of the institution itself.

Strong international collaborations have fueled the country’s rise in science output. The United States has remained Saudi Arabia’s top collaborator since 2012, but collaborations with China have increased sharply over that period, only slowing down in 2015, making the country Saudi Arabia’s second biggest collaborator. Germany and the United Kingdom follow in third and fourth place, respectively.

In comparison, regional and domestic collaborations are very limited in Saudi Arabia. However, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) has found success by focusing on these collaborations, helping also to create a domestic base of experienced researchers.

David Swinbanks, Founder of the Nature Index, commented: “The recent rise in output of high quality research from Saudi Arabia is remarkable and built in large part on international collaboration. The challenge for Saudi Arabia now is to build stronger internal collaboration between its institutions to fully realize its potential and become an even stronger research powerhouse.”

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Microsoft Launches SQL Server 2016 in UAE Tue, 03 May 2016 03:09:57 +0000 .

Tap your data’s potential, Microsoft urges regional businesses, as it releases first SQL Server to be ‘born in the cloud’.

28th April 2016, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Microsoft Gulf invited UAE businesses to delve deeper into their data and harness its potential like never before, with SQL Server 2016, the latest version of the company’s flagship database and analytics platform.

Microsoft held a special event called Data Driven on 27 April at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai, to introduce IT and business decision makers, and technology professionals, to the transformation of the database. SQL Server 2016 can deliver a consistent experience in both on-premise and cloud deployments, with common development and management tools – providing an exceptional, value-added data experience, no matter where customers choose to implement it.

The data driven event also hosted a session by research firm Gartner around advancing Data and Analytics initiatives in a World of Big Data and Data Science. Previously Gartner has also recognized Microsoft as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms and placed Microsoft as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems – distinguishing Microsoft’s completeness of vision and ability to execute in the data warehouse market.

In the UAE and across the Gulf region, governments and business are taking the journey towards smart societies, developing technology platforms built on real-time, people-to-machine or machine-to-machine transactions. These systems thrive on 24-7, 100%-uptime access to databases capable of split-second responses.

SQL Server 2016 was built for these challenges. It supports hybrid transactional and analytical processing; advanced analytics and machine learning; mobile business intelligence; data integration; always-encrypted query processing; and in-memory transactions with persistence. It is also possibly the world’s only relational database management system (RDMS) to be born in the cloud – tested on Microsoft’s Azure platform, across 22 global data centres, handling billions of requests per day.

Cost of ownership has never been lower, with customers able to save up to $10 million over three years, compared with competing alternatives. Microsoft has worked hard to give SQL Server 2016 customers real savings by introducing built-in value-adding features that would normally need to be purchased separately. For example, through its acquisition last year of mobile business intelligence leader Datazen Software, Microsoft is now able to provide customers with mobile BI on any device. In SQL Server 2016 this facility will be integrated into Reporting Services at no extra cost, allowing DBAs and data scientists to publish modern reports using PowerBI or Excel 2016, to an iPhone or Android-based phone, as well as to Windows Phone handsets. Even customers that choose to enable self-service BI will be able to do so at a fraction of the cost of other products.

Microsoft also stands ready to help new customers in their migration to SQL Server 2016, providing training to DBAs, including hands-on labs and instructor-led demos, and lessons on how to manage the deployment process, both on premises or in the cloud.

SQL Server 2016’s real-time in-memory processing capabilities are industry-leading, allowing up to 100-times faster analytics with updatable in-memory column-stores. It is also the only commercial database that leads in both transaction processing (as per the TPC-E benchmark, which simulates the OLTP workloads of brokerage companies) and data warehousing (as per the TPC-H benchmark). This means customers can get real-time insights when querying massive data sets. New Stretch Database technology allows DBAs to use Azure for almost limitless scalability, and AlwaysOn Availability Groups enable low-cost disaster recovery.

At a time when the Middle East is under ever-increasing attack from cyber criminals, regional organisations can rest more easily, knowing that SQL Server has been the industry’s least vulnerable database, six years running, according to the US-based National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) public security board. Apart from Always Encrypted, which guard’s data in memory and storage, other facilities mitigate attacks, protect user data, and allow developers to build access-restricted applications.

“It is no exaggeration to say data is the very lifeblood of the modern business,” said Necip Ozyucel, Cloud and Enterprise Business Group Lead Microsoft Gulf . “It can inform and inspire; it can bring insights that help companies outmaneuver competitors; it has the potential to disrupt entire industries. Microsoft has long been a leader in the data platform and analytics space. Some DBAs using SQL Server products today weren’t even born in 1989, when we released the first version. That’s a tradition we take very seriously, and so with SQL Server 2016, Microsoft is transforming the database – with the first of its kind to be born in the cloud and deliver enterprise-class functionality, performance and scale. Having been rigorously tested on Azure, it is battle-hardened and customer-ready.”

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Cheap device for examining eyes successfully tested Mon, 02 May 2016 08:35:48 +0000 Copyright: Fred Hollows Foundation
Copyright: Fred Hollows Foundation

By Inga Vesper – SciDev.Net

A simple eye examining device that may offer a cheap way to improve medical care and training in developing countries has been successfully tested in Africa and Pacific island states.

The Arclight is a pocket-sized ophthalmoscope — a medical instrument used to see inside patients’ eyes — equipped with an LED to provide light, a magnifying lens and a rechargeable battery.

“In developing countries, health budgets are too small to accommodate the high costs of diagnostic instruments… We are doing what we can to bring the costs down.”
Richard Le Mesurier, Fred Hollows Foundation

The device, which costs around US$8, can help health workers detect eye diseases such as trachoma and glaucoma, as well as foreign objects in the eye, say its developers at NGO the Fred Hollows Foundation in Australia.

It can also be used in training for eye doctors and clinicians in developing countries and is small enough to be carried in a pocket or clipped to a lanyard, according to Richard Le Mesurier, the foundation’s medical director.

In developing countries, “health budgets are too small to accommodate the high costs of diagnostic instruments designed and produced for the well-resourced richer countries”, Le Mesurier says. “We are doing what we can to bring the costs down to something much more affordable while maintaining quality.”

The device has been tested in Australia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda and the Solomon Islands. It has an inbuilt solar charger to enable users to recharge its battery in areas off the electricity grid.

This is important as conventional ophthalmoscopes break easily and frequently run out of battery, disrupting health services and discouraging sick people from attending clinics, says Gillian Cochrane, an optometrist at Australia’s Deakin University.

Ciku Mathenge, the director of training at Dr Argawal’s Eye Hospital in Rwanda, was involved in testing the device. She says that providing ophthalmoscopes to students is crucial to improve eye healthcare in resource-poor settings.

“When I started my training, all I wanted was to afford my own ophthalmoscope, but I couldn’t,” she tells SciDev.Net. With cheaper devices on the market, “each and every student in my class, no matter what their background, can have an ophthalmoscope from the first day of their training without relying on donor funding”.

But Cochrane sounds a note of caution, saying that, as well as better diagnosis, patients in poor countries also need access to specialists.

“Referral pathways need to be established to ensure that when an eye problem presents, the patient can be sent to the appropriate eye care practitioner,” she says.

The current version of Arclight comes with an otoscope attachment that allows it to be used for ear examinations.

The inventors plan to release an updated version of the device this year, which will include an inbuilt memory stick with training materials for student optometrists.

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Space data holds the key to a sustainable future Mon, 02 May 2016 05:26:57 +0000

By Giorgia Scaturro – SciDev.Net

Better information on the planet’s ecosystems and how they are changing can feed into policy and development, and vastly reduce the risks posed by natural disasters.

In our globalising world, the havoc wreaked by climate change and environmental challenges in one place can have impacts much further afield — harvest losses in Kenya can ramp up food prices at home and throughout the global supply chain, for example. This means acting locally to contain a threat is no longer enough.

Scientists and policymakers increasingly recognise the role satellites play in revealing how local issues fit into a global picture. The latest effort to monitor the planet in all its complexity is Sentinel 3A, a family of next-generation satellites collecting detailed data on virtually every aspect of the Earth’s ecosystem, from sea to agricultural land.

In this short film, we meet the scientists who helped launch the Sentinels into space.

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation expands initiatives to strengthen knowledge role in region Mon, 02 May 2016 03:46:06 +0000 Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation
Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation

In line with HH Sheikh Khalifa directive to mark Year of Reading in 2016.

Dubai, April 28, 2016: Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) – a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Global Initiatives – announced the expansion of its knowledge initiatives and projects to consolidate its efforts in the dissemination, transfer and localization of knowledge in the region.

The enhanced initiatives were unveiled in line with the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to mark year 2016 as the Year of Reading, and based on the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote knowledge dissemination in the UAE and the Arab community.

Inspired by the vision and support of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of MBRF, the Foundation has managed to establish its leading position in the Arab region as a competitive knowledge institution that has enhanced the leading position of Dubai and the UAE on the knowledge map as a centre of education, scientific research and development, stated His Excellency Jamal bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF.

HE Bin Huwaireb said the Foundation is keen to take forward its initiatives to the next stage to support reading and knowledge, and build the positive capacity of the youth in the region. It will also work to develop initiatives to achieve the UAE vision to support sustainable development at all levels.
Initiatives to support the culture of reading:

Since its inception, MBRF has played a key role in spreading the culture of reading among all members of society, through a combination of outstanding initiatives, which have met great success among all members of society. Most notable among them are: ‘A Book in Minutes’, ‘My Family Reads’, and the recently launched ‘Dubai’s Digital Library’, as well as the ‘Knowledge Chair’, ‘Audio Book’ and ‘Ladies Lounge’.

‘A Book in Minutes’ was launched to share knowledge with the widest possible audience by publishing translated summaries of international publications by prominent authors to ensure that they can be read and understood in a matter of minutes. The titles included within the scope of the project cover positive energy, human resources development, life management, and leadership, successful case studies of individuals and institutions that have contributed towards building communities, families and modern society while proactively facing life’s challenges.

‘My Family Reads’ initiative aims to encourage learning and reading throughout the society in the UAE and enhance knowledge levels within the community. Various book collections from across the world, including classics and best-selling titles, are selected based on the Foundation’s criteria. These books are translated into Arabic and distributed among 50,000 families in the UAE, starting with Dubai, and followed by the other emirates.

Knowledge solutions keep pace with technological development

As part of the MBRF’s efforts to make use of the latest technological developments to provide advanced platforms for the transfer of knowledge and culture, the Foundation has launched initiatives such as the ‘Dubai Digital Library’. The Dubai Digital Library aims to provide an advanced electronic platform that supports a culture of reading by showcasing an extensive collection of Arabic books, including translated works covering all genres. The Digital Library also features Arabic and international periodicals, dictionaries, biographies, photographs and maps.

Within the same framework, MBRF announced late last year in conjunction with the World Arabic Language Day, the launch of its ‘Audio Book’ initiative. The best Arabic books are recorded in the Audio Book with sound provided by a distinguished group of the most prominent journalists and media figures in the Arab world. The Audio Book is published on various media platforms to decrease the gap in the availability of the Arab audio content, and enhance the reach of high quality Arab audio content in all areas.

Projects targeting all categories

In order to promote the culture of reading in public places, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation in cooperation with Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched the Knowledge Chair initiative at RTA Customers Service Center, Umm Al Ramool, and the Public Transport Library at Emirates Metro Station. The initiative features a mini library comprising an array of outstanding recent publications in several fields such as management, innovation, child stories, and novels.

The Foundation has also launched recently a ‘Ladies Lounge’ initiative, a women’s book club in the UAE and the Arab world, to promote the culture of reading and writing among Arab women and enable them to build up their capabilities depending on the circumstances of their daily life. The initiative involves cooperation with universities, colleges and government institutions. The Foundation is also considering the launch of a children’s reading club.

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Samsung Electronics Ranks No. 1 in Global Digital Signage Unit Sales for Seventh Consecutive Year Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:30:40 +0000 samsungDiverse SMART Signage Portfolio Helps Samsung Continue with a Leadership Position in the Digital Signage Marketplace.

For the seventh consecutive year, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. maintained its position as the worldwide leader in digital signage unit sales. Recently released sales figures from IHS, the leading source of insight, analytics, and expertise in display technology, validate Samsung ‘s leadership in the industry, its pole position dating back to 2009.

Samsung ‘s successful 2015 results indicate a continuation of the momentum the company has built in the digital signage space in recent years. As global clients seek more dynamic avenues to capture customer attention, Samsung has continued to innovate its technologies to capitalize on the growing need for versatile, high-performing displays in a range of environments.

According to the IHS Technology report “Public Display Market Tracker Q1 2016”, Samsung accounted for 28.8 percent of the global market share for digital signage unit sales. This signifies an increase on the 26.9 percent market share which Samsung maintained at the close of 2014. (Data Source : IHS Public display market tracker, Product Definition : Public display + Public display TV)

” Samsung is the company behind some of the world’s most brilliant and powerful visual display innovations, and we believe that continuous innovation will take our business – and our customers’ businesses – to even greater heights,” said Seog-gi Kim, Senior Vice President, Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics . “These latest IHS Inc. rankings reflect years of hard work and dedication to provide our partners with the tools to create immersive and personalized experiences for their audiences, and we look forward to maintaining our position as the global digital display leader for many years to come.”

According a recent forecast[1], the digital signage market in the United Arab Emirates is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of more than 22 percent in the lead up to 2020, especially on the account of innovations such as 3D digital signage, narrowing bezel screen, ultra HD display and cloud-based digital signage, and upcoming events like Expo 2020.

Karan Chopra, Head of Display Solutions at Samsung Gulf Electronics , commented, “Dubai’s booming digital industry is being driven by a rapid growth in infrastructure and smart city projects. With advanced connectivity and energy-efficient technology, our innovations in signage are finding applications across sectors, also corresponding to the rise of digital advertising.”

Featuring a range of interactive and informative displays, Samsung ‘s SMART Signage portfolio delivers tailored end-to-end solutions for numerous industries including government, education, hospitality, healthcare, financial services and retail. These technologies enhance collaboration and productivity while also offering a more powerful visual alternative to the consumer-grade displays often used in these settings, and include:

  • LED Signage – Backed by Samsung ‘s advanced video processing and upscaling technologies, these displays combine scalable design with LED visual quality to offer audiences in indoor and outdoor environments a clear, readable picture.
  • SMART Outdoor Signage – Samsung ‘s durable OHD Series SMART Signage produces brilliant messaging in outdoor settings. These bright, high contrast displays provide clear picture quality and 24/7 durability to minimize visual distraction regardless of weather or exposure to other natural elements.
  • Video Walls – Customizable for any screen combination or shape requirements, these displays eliminate color expression gaps and visual inconsistencies to deliver impactful messaging in a large-scale format. In 2015, Samsung released the market’s thinnest-bezel video wall to further eliminate visual distraction and maintain audience focus on featured content.
  • Interactive Whiteboards (IWB) – Samsung ‘s multimedia-friendly displays accommodate real-time content sharing to expand interactive communication possibilities in boardrooms and classrooms. These interactive whiteboards are compatible with pen and human touch for added flexibility.
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Batelco Cloud Productivity Solutions Supporting Business in Bahrain Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:47:02 +0000 .

Batelco Grows its Cloud Solutions for the SME Segment.

Manama, Bahrain: Batelco is enhancing its Cloud Solutions portfolio with the introduction of a Cloud Productivity Solution for the SME segment. The productivity solution has been developed to help small and medium enterprises enhance their productivity and efficiency by providing them with a complete set of cloud-based applications to run and automate their operations. These sophisticated applications were previously restricted to large enterprises due to the high cost and skills required to maintain them.

Batelco’s Cloud Productivity Solution for SME’s is an all-in-one product that is easily accessible from anywhere at any time, with prices in line with the budget of an SME business. The solution features a number of productivity and efficiency enhancing tools such as:- Customer Relationship Management; Accounting & Inventory; Resource Management solutions, plus more. Additionally, Batelco has a team of technical experts offering consultation services for business customers, and experts are available to customise innovative solutions for each business.

As a special limited time offer Batelco is offering a one month free trial for small and medium businesses, giving customers the ideal opportunity to experience the great benefits of the solution.

Batelco Bahrain CEO Eng. Muna Al Hashemi said that Batelco continued to focus on supporting businesses in Bahrain as they are the backbone of the economy and crucial to the ongoing development of the Kingdom as a leading business hub of the region.

“We are delighted to present the offer of a one month’s free trial of the new solution to give customers the opportunity to experience the excellent benefits,” she added.

Batelco Chief Marketing Officer Mike Stanford said, “Our customers look for cloud solutions that are flexible and scalable that will enable them to better manage their operational costs. We are committed to meet their requirements by providing businesses with a full range of cloud solutions.”

“We are committed to enabling our customers to accelerate their digital transformation while reducing their costs and enhancing their operations and we believe that the Cloud Productivity solutions will support our efforts,” Mr. Stanford added.

As the innovation driver in Bahrain, Batelco was the first in the Kingdom to launch a series of Cloud-based services to empower businesses to digitise their processes and improve their operational efficiencies. Batelco’s cloud solutions serve businesses of all sizes across all industries by delivering a range of solutions such as Web Development, E-Commerce, Business Continuity and Productivity Solutions.

Furthermore, Batelco provides superior Superfast internet packages designed to meet the needs of Business customers. Among the many benefits of choosing Batelco as a business Broadband provider are service availability and reliability with high speed connectivity.

Mrs. Al Hashemi added that Batelco has over 20 years of experience in the ISP business and can offer a fully redundant network with diversified international global reach.

“Additionally, a wide range of value added services includes mobile 4G LTE backup, Traffic management and interest free device installment scheme and pre-configured router, plus more,” Mrs. Al Hashemi concluded.

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MAGRABi launches its inaugural Eye Care Center in Alexandria, Egypt Fri, 29 Apr 2016 03:27:08 +0000 magrabiState of the art retail concept resetting the standards for ophthalmology.

MAGRABi, the leading optical retailer in the MENA region, has launched its first Eye Care Center in Semouha, Alexandria, Egypt, giving patients access to a one-stop-shop for eye care, where they can receive a comprehensive eye test and purchase eye wear in one location. The MAGRABi Eye Care Center brings the highest international industry standards to Egypt offering a bespoke eye care service in the country.

Building on its reputation as a trusted eye care brand in the Middle East, MAGRABi Eye Care Centers will provide services such as:

  • Visual acuity test and correction by glasses or contact lenses
  • Intra-ocular pressure testing using high-technology instruments such as the air puff to no meter, which can help identify glaucoma, a common and potentially serious eye problem
  • Fund us examination using an ophthalmoscope to view the interior of the eye and check the retina, optic nerve and blood vessels

Amin el Maghraby, CEO of MAGRABi said: “We are very proud to bring this new MAGRABi concept in eye care, demonstrating our deep commitment improving optical health in the country. By making eye care more readily accessible, we are taking a tangible step to improving the quality of many Egyptians’ lives. Quality eye care and customer-focused service lie at the heart of our organization, and we are excited to bring this new and potentially life changing solution to our customers.”

Over the next five years, MAGRABi is committed to invest over 400 million EGP to open MAGRABi Eye Care Centers across all of its branches in Egypt. This initiative aims to improve overall eye health and reduce the risk of sight impairment among the Egyptian population.

With a minority of the population adhering to regular eye check-ups, the MAGRABi Eye Care Center offers state-of-the-art facilities, fast yet thorough check-ups with qualified ophthalmologists to encourage people to prioritize their eye health.

Yasser Taher, Chief Operating Officer, MAGRABi Optical MENA region and Turkey said: “We want to offer our customers a one-stop-shop through the MAGRABi Eye Care Center, where they will receive the best eye care available. With fast appointments and short waiting times, our customers will find it much easier to fit eye health into their daily lives. Being able to select eyewear in-store with the help of our staff immediately following the appointment will ensure a seamless experience for our customers.”

MAGRABi offers the latest trends in eyewear, with a wide selection of international brands such as Cartier, Mont Blanc, Porsche Design, Fred, Ray-Ban, Prada and Emporio Armani, to mention but a few. The MAGRABi Eye Care Centre also offers a range of eye care products and contact lenses such as Freshlook, Johnson & Johnson and Bausch & Lomb.

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DubaiStartupHub enhances the emirate’s innovation environment Thu, 28 Apr 2016 08:06:40 +0000 DubaiStartupHubOnline platform, jointly launched by Dubai Chamber and IBM , provides integrated services and information for start-up.

Dubai, UAE: As part of its efforts to enhance the innovation environment of the emirate under the umbrella of Dubai Smart City initiative, the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with IBM recently launched the DubaiStartupHub an online platform on IBM Cloud to support Dubai’s technology and start-up ecosystem.

The newly-launched DubaiStartupHub connects start-up, entrepreneurs, developers, venture capitalists and students to establish new connections, learn about new opportunities and create new partnerships to help accelerate innovation and stimulate the local economy.

The hub allows the local community to interact with cloud technology in new ways, with special offers for start-ups to join IBM ‘s Global Entrepreneur Program, which provides mentoring, support and access to development tools and cloud resources via IBM Cloud.

The DubaiStartupHub which is the first of its kind in the Middle East and Africa region operates under the umbrella of Dubai Smart City while representing a unique partnership between the public and private sector to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

It allows virtual visitors to learn about new job opportunities and local tech news; sign up for tech-focused events, classes and meet-ups; and navigate the city with a digital map that lists open office locations, workspaces and more.

Powered by and built on the IBM Cloud, the DubaiStartupHub also offers a comprehensive search portal with a database and profile of Dubai-based tech start-ups and investors; a city-wide tech event calendar; continuous updates of technology-related jobs in the city; and a dedicated section for breaking news stories.

H.E. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO, Dubai Chamber said: “The DubaiStartupHub consolidates the concept of a smarter community by offering comprehensive information and services aligned to Dubai Government’s strategic directions on smart cities.”

He added that the new digital portal which provides the latest information and event updates related to technology and start-up serves as a key source for Dubai business leaders to connect and build new relationships as well as access to the latest business opportunities in the emirate.

Said Amr Refaat, General Manager, IBM Middle East & Pakistan, “Our collaboration with Dubai Chamber will help unleash new innovations which will solidify Dubai’s status as one of the leading technology hubs.”

H.E. Dr. Aisha Bin Bishr, Director General, Smart Dubai Office, stated that this partnership goes in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, to evolve Dubai as the world’s Smartest City and the happiest city on earth.

H.E. Dr. Bin Bishr added: “The priority is to support entrepreneurs and help them to adopt latest smart technologies for the success and advancement of their business, while supporting the economic growth of Dubai. Entrepreneurship is a focus area within our smart economy dimension, and the DubaiStartupHub initiative will provide a rich set of services to entrepreneurs in Dubai and the region.”

The DubaiStartupHub aligns with Dubai Chamber ‘s aim to support entrepreneurs and promote innovation. In 2015, the Chamber launched an innovation strategy in line with the Chamber’s mission to represent, support and protect the interests of the business community in Dubai. The Chamber has also been working towards supporting entrepreneurs through its entrepreneurship development programme Tejar Dubai, which identifies and develops the business ideas of Emirati entrepreneurs.

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