ArabBrains MENA Education Innovation Technology Investment Networking Events News Social Media Blogs Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:45:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and Arab Investment Bank (AIB) Sign Shareholders Agreement to Collaborate in the Leasing Business in Egypt Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:45:53 +0000 .


Enmaa Leasing have an authorized capital of 150 million Egyptian pounds

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), and the Arab Investment Bank (AIB) signed a Shareholders Agreement to establish “Enmaa Leasing Company” a Sharia-compliant leasing company in Egypt. Enmaa Leasing have an authorized capital of 150 million Egyptian pounds and expect to commence its operations during the third quarter of 2015.

As a strategic partner in Enmaa Leasing Company, ICD will utilize its extensive experience in the leasing sector, which have accumulated over the course of establishing more than ten similar leasing companies across the Islamic and Arab world, to ensure that the Company meets its stated goals and objectives

The shareholders’ agreement was signed between Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, ICD Board Chairman, and Mr. Mohammed Hani Saif El Nasr, AIB Board Chairman, during the recent Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm Al Shaikh, in the presence of the Minister of International Cooperation, Dr. Naglaa Al Ahwani.

The Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of ICD, Mr. Khaled Al Aboodi, commented “Egypt is one of the main shareholders of ICD, and has always been one of the key countries for our investments. ICD is pleased to collaborate with a leading Egyptian bank such as the Arab Investment Bank to contribute and develop the private sector in Egypt. Through this partnership, we aim to assist Egyptian SMEs in achieving their growth potential by offering them Sharia-compliant financing products. I am confident that Enmaa Leasing Company will help add depth and diversity to the Egyptian financial services sector.”

From his side, the Chairman of the Arab Investment Bank, Mr. Mohammed Hany Seif El Nasr commented: “The idea of founding Enmaa Leasing Company came after noticing the growing demand for leasing activity and the ability of the market to welcome new companies offering this service. Enmaa Leasing Company is expected to add value to Egypt Leasing sector especially by targeting the small and medium enterprises sector, which represents one of the most important pillars of the national economy”

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Microsoft Jordan and Jordan Competitiveness Program Sign Agreement to Improve ICT Sector Competitiveness Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:13:18 +0000 .


Microsoft Jordan signed an agreement with the United States Agency for International Development Jordan Competitiveness Program (USAID JCP) to launch joint initiatives that enhance the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector’s competitiveness in the Kingdom by empowering entrepreneurs and contributing to job creation. The agreement was signed during an event at Microsoft Jordan ‘s headquarters by its Country Manager, Hussein Malhas, and USAID JCP Chief of Party, Dr. Wissam Rabadi.

In cooperation with USAID JCP, Microsoft Jordan launched the ‘ Microsoft Academic Accelerator Program’ that is designed to help the Kingdom address economic challenges, achieve national developmental goals, stimulate job creation and foster entrepreneurship. The program will also focus on developing and expanding the Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC), thus enabling its participants to find new jobs and helping them further develop their ideas and convert them into start-ups.

“Through this agreement, we seek to equip Jordanian students with the technical skills they need to enter the tech-industry, as well as to encourage the adoption of new trends and technologies, and enhancing existing enterprises’ readiness to create new ideas, products and start-ups. Our partnership with JCP is in line with our strategy of advancing entrepreneurs in their quest to create their own businesses as well as increasing youth’s chances of finding jobs that correspond with their ambitions and meet local market needs. Moreover, the program supports the national plan in advancing the country’s ICT sector as it plays a pivotal role today in the development of various sectors,” commented Malhas.

On his part, USAID JCP Chief of Party, Dr. Rabadi, noted, “A recent report by McKinsey & Company listed the Cloud, which shall be included in the academic program, as one of the most revolutionary technologies to reshape the global economy in the next few years. This partnership between Microsoft and USAID JCP will provide local students with state-of-the-art training on Cloud applications. Whether working at a large firm or building their own start-up, the program will offer students the knowledge and practical experience they need to use new technologies like the Cloud to make businesses run more efficiently. USAID JCP will enhance participating students’ opportunities through matchmaking events, as well as access to experts, advisors and start-up incubators, helping them bring their ideas to life. In short, the program connects students with an ICT support ‘eco-system’ enabling them to find good jobs or start their own businesses. From a broader economic perspective, these well-trained students provide the pool of talent that leads to innovation and drives growth in the Kingdom’s ICT sector. USAID JCP and Microsoft ‘s efforts complement each other perfectly, and enable students to follow the best practice path to success, one that is founded on learning, innovating and creating.”

USAID-funded JCP is a five-year project implemented by Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). Launched in November 2013, the project aims to address the challenge Jordan faces in creating high-quality jobs, through increased private sector competitiveness and by working closely with the public and private sectors to promote policy reforms, build capacity, and attract foreign investment.

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Microsoft reinforces commitment to empowering educators to improve learning outcomes through technology innovation Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:30:56 +0000 .


Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Dubai kicked off with a focus on regional youth empowerment through Microsoft’s education solutions.

Kuwait – The annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum was held for the first time in the Middle East. The audience of over 500 includes innovative educators, school leaders, partners and government officials from nearly 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa and India. During this event Microsoft emphasized the importance of leveraging technology to build employable skills for youth preparing them for a stronger future and career. During the keynote, Microsoft announced the availability of Office 365 ProPlus to students, faculty and staff at no charge igniting some of the best cloud solutions available in education today.

“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders, and we are committed to helping them to achieve more throughout their lives. But they will not reach their full potential if the public and private sectors don’t work together to create opportunities that make a real impact toward improving youth employability and entrepreneurship, education, digital inclusion in order to stir creativity and innovation,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “Our commitment to the youth in the MEA region underpins many of our regional programs, such as YouthSpark, which have the goal of improving access to technology, boosting skills and igniting innovation.”

“In order for youth to overcome existing economic challenges and for countries to attain knowledge based economies, the overall mindset in the region needs to be changed to allow technology to be embraced fully as a catalyst for progress. Our economies have no future if the youth are not empowered with the right tools that can address current and future challenges. We appreciate Microsoft’s initiatives for taking steps to facilitate these groundbreaking changes,” said His Excellency Marwan Ahmad Al Sawaleh, Undersecretary, UAE Ministry of Education.

Microsoft technology is used in over 98 percent of schools worldwide. The company’s end-to-end education solutions solve educators’ most pressing challenges while improving learning outcomes for students around the world.

For the past year, Microsoft has been offering a benefit to schools that allows them to provide Office to their students at no cost. Millions of students have already downloaded the latest version of Office to use both at school and home. Microsoft made it easier for millions of other eligible students around the world to sign up for Office 365 ProPlus and download free Office from their schools. Eligible students will be able to sign up for Office 365 ProPlus and install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Access on up to 5 PCs or Macs and mobile devices including Android, iPad and Windows tablets. In addition, they’ll also have access to OneDrive and Office Online.

“We’re committed to making the technology needed for college and career readiness available to as many students as possible – an imperative in today’s market. Bringing the Office 365 ProPlus benefit to MEA helps to close the opportunity gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not,” added Salcito.

Microsoft is proud to partner with schools to meet the needs of 21st century learners to better prepare them for scholastic and career success.

The Office 365 ProPlus benefit enables students and teachers to install the latest version of Office at no additional cost through qualifying institutions. Starting this week students can check their eligibility for free Office from their school at Teachers can do the same at . Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Education is an enterprise-quality communication and collaboration platform available in the cloud, currently used by over 110 million students, faculty and staff worldwide. Microsoft Office has also proved valuable to students; a recent IDC study found Microsoft Office proficiency is among the top 20 skills required for high-growth/high-salary occupations.

“We’ve chosen Microsoft for its ability to provide end-to-end solutions that meet all our needs and for helping us to crystallise the UAE’s vision and the objectives of the Ministry of Education for a high quality education system. From innovative devices, best-in-class productivity to collaboration apps and comprehensive management capabilities, Microsoft has shown great commitment to empowering our youth with a balanced set of skills required in today’s very competitive work environment,” said Mohammed Gheyath, Director General of the Mohammed bin Rashid Smart Learning Programme

A group of delegates from Ministry of Education Kuwait attended the forum which included Salwa Al Azemi, Seif Al Azmy , Khalida Almeer , Fatima Al Ajmi , Eman Al Qllaf, Sarah Al Ameer and Ahmed Ameen. Salwa Alazemi, School Principle, Ommbasher Alansaria High School Kuwait said : ” It’s an honor to be part of this forum where I have personally benefited from the experiences and expertise presented by various countries globally in co-operation with Microsoft to improve schools performance both teachers and student in Kuwait. We have the skills, and abilities needed to achieve that yet we need the technological basis for it to support which is reinforced completely in cooperation with Microsoft”.

Microsoft offers resources to train teachers on new technology, including the Microsoft Educator Network that reaches nearly 1 million educators worldwide and includes online professional development, how-to tutorials, and learning activities created by teachers for teachers.

The Microsoft IT Academy provides industry-leading technology skills to more than 8.5 million teachers and students in 130 countries to help bridge the technology skills gap. In addition, Microsoft has helped educators around the world successfully incorporate technology into the classroom to enhance the learning experience for their students through programs such as Teaching With Technology. Microsoft has a strategic partnership with the UAE Ministry of Education in which the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) authorized testing centers for secondary schools have increased from 14 to 25 over the last three years. Microsoft is also working with the Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT) in Morocco to offer training to more than 40,000 students at the 100 Microsoft IT Academies across the country.

The Microsoft in Education Global Forum will highlight technological strategies and solutions that must be adopted in markets such as the Middle East and Africa that are currently experiencing a youth bulge. Microsoft has partnered with 15 of the top global and regional Education technology partners including Intel, , Promethean, All Prints, Sayegh, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Data Flow International, K12Net Atlas, EduWare, BrainPOP, SteelCase, Oxford University Press, NetSupport and ITWorx Education. The Innovation Arena is hosting those partners to showcase the latest solutions for the 21st century classroom.

Following the Forum, Microsoft will participate in GESS 2015, an exhibition of education supplies and solutions to further showcase the latest technological advances in education including the latest offerings from Office for education.

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ADSIC’s e-Citizen program continues to bridge the digital divide in 2015 by directly reaching out to citizens in line with e-Government’s efforts to augment e-literacy Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:53:07 +0000 .


• The program achieves remarkable growth with trainees amounting to 3190 males and females

• E-Citizen has reached wide geographical areas within the capital, targeting all social segments including retirees, housewives, the elderly, job seekers and people with special needs

Abu Dhabi – E-Citizen, the pioneering, digital awareness programme, launched in April 2012 by the Abu Dhabi Systems & Information Centre (ADSIC), the government entity responsible for the emirate’s ICT agenda, continues to achieve notable progress, expanding its trainee base of Emirati nationals of both genders across the three main areas that form the UAE capital.

An accredited training programme targeting Abu Dhabi residents who have extremely limited knowledge in computers, e-Citizen seeks to provide and improve the necessary ICT skills to a wide array of social segments, enabling them to operate a computer and use the internet. The programme promotes the elimination of electronic illiteracy, a key strategic objective for Abu Dhabi e-Government, by managing a group of effective educational programmes and initiatives, essentially aiming to boost the knowledge and skill levels of the e-Government’s customers and employees alike.

“E-Citizen has celebrated several major milestones since its initiation in 2012, and a large number of UAE nationals in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region have been trained in the basics of computers and the internet and provided access to the required tools that allow them to keep up with the unravelling nature of digital life in the 21st century,” said HE RashedLahej Al Mansoori, ADSIC’sDirector General.

“Through e-Citizen’s activities and work mechanism, ADSIC aims at spreading e-awareness, boosting citizens’ digital skills and enhancing e-participation in line with Abu Dhabi eGovernment’s continued efforts to promote e-literacy and support our wise leadership’s pursuit of sustainable economic and social prosperity on all levels,” added HE Al Mansoori.

Amal Al Tamimi , Director of Digital Knowledge Programmes at ADSIC, pointed out that ADSIC has always emphasised the importance of leveraging ICT in managingthe course of our daily lives safely and productively, based on the fact that enabling people to use technology can save them so much time and effort.

“In line with Abu Dhabi e-Government’s endeavours, ADSIC’s e-Citizen programme has especially targeted the social segments that lack ICT skills and championed the process of facilitating their integration into the digital community. In addition to e-Citizen’s invaluable educational aspects, the programme has a significant social element which contributes to bridging the generation gap, considering that modern technology has become second nature to the young. Complementing e-Citizen, ADSIC regularly introduces follow-up programmes to consolidate e-Citizen’s positive impact, continuity and enablement of the targeted social groups,” added Al Tamimi .

Through public-private partnerships, e-Citizen has trained more than 3000 people across all social components including retirees, housewives, the elderly, job seekers and people with special needs. In cooperation with the ICDL ( International Computer Driving License ) Foundation and its accredited training centres the UAE Academy, Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training and Abu Dhabi University, the government entities currently part of e-Citizen are the Family Development Foundation, Abu Dhabi Education Council, Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care & Special Needs (ZHO) and Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions and Benefits Fund.

In 30 – 45 hours depending on the trainees’ needs, e-Citizen focuses on three main ICT elements primarily coveringbasic computer skills, the internet and how to search for information, as well as e-participation. Training has taken place far and wide across Abu Dhabi in Al Wathba, Al Shahama, Bein Al Jisrein, AlAjban, Al Samha and Al Rahba in Abu Dhabi; Al Rumah, Al Waqen, Al Hair and Al Shuwaib in Al Ain and in Al Silaa, Al Ghayathi, Al Marfaa and MadinatZayed in the Western Region.

Commenting on e-Citizen’s tanglible benefits, Sultan Ali Al Shamsi, a forty-six year old retiree and e-Citizen graduate, said: “I signed up for the program through the Family Development Foundation’s Ali Ain Centre because I wanted to keep pace with the digital era. Before enrolling in the e-Citizen programme, I had very little knowledge in computers and internet. However, I can now create Word documents and use the internet to pay my bills, tickets and book for travel. I am very glad that I completed the course and received the e-Citizen Certificate with a passing average of 86 per cent. It was a very enriching experience for me and my fellow retirees.”

Fatima Ali Musbeh Al Rumaithi, a housewife and an e-Citizen graduate who enrolled in the programme in 2015 through ZHO, said: “I knew nothing about computers before taking part in the program. I had dropped out of school when I was in second preparatory class, got married and became a mother to three children. Today, my grandchildren are university students and often discuss technology issues that I do not understand. However, I can now work on a computer, save files, transfer pictures and open my e-mail.”

MozaAlhai Hamad Al Hamli, a housewife who also joined e-Citizen through ZHO this year, said: “I have a mini kitchen project at home and I would like to learn how to work on computers so that I can sort out my orders and bookkeeping. Before e-Citizen I had absolutely no knowledge in computers; I only heard they made people’s lives easier. I greatly benefited from the program because now I can create files and use e-mail.”

The e-Citizen program offers its graduates an internationally accredited certificate by the ICDL Foundation after passing the final examination, enabling them to independently use computers and the internet.

ADSIC’s future plans for e-Citizen involvebuilding on the great success it has achieved so far in expanding its digital awareness services. ADSIC has recently launched the “Social Media for All” program which aims at understanding the ever evolving social media world, gaining the necessary skills to use the opportunities it presents for self-development and highlighting the importance of secure and effective use of social media platforms.

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Dell breaks new ground with the creation of META Business Region Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:05:17 +0000
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    Dell strengthens its presence in the region
    • New scalable structure provides additional support to customers and partners
    • Driss Elougmani to lead the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) business
    Dubai – Dell today announced it has combined its business in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa to create one new business region: META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa), which will be led by DrissElougmani. In bringing together people, capabilities and strengths into one business, Dell has created a more scalable organisation where itsspecialist resources can operate across the entire region. Ultimately this willprovide a richer experience for customers and partners.

  • Dell has seen significant growth across the burgeoning economies of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa. Dell recognises that many organisations throughout the region face similar challenges and demand greater levels of advice and support as they expand their businesses. The enhancedorganisational structure will enable Dell to be even more focused on the needs of customers and partners, making best use of its regional hub and product centre in Dubai.

    “At Dell we continuously strive to develop new and innovative ways to better meet the needs of our customers and partners.The creation of a META business region enables us to make the best use of our talent and portfolio of leading end to end solutions. We will also be able to share more customer references, helping customers of all shapes and sizes across the region achieve their business goals,” said Michael Collins, VP and general manager, EMEAEmerging Markets.”

    Driss Elougmani, previously executive director and general manager of Dell ‘s Africa and Turkey business, will now lead Dell ‘s META business. Elougmani, a veteran of Dell for 13 years, brings extensive leadership experience and an impressive track-record of business growth from his previous roles. He is fluent in four languages having lived and worked in multiple countries, including Morocco, Germany, Ireland, France and the UAE.

    Dave Brooke, previously executive director and general manager of Dell ‘s Middle East business, is moving to a new executive role, heading up Dell ‘s Client Solutions business in the Emerging Markets. Brooke, responsible for running the Middle East business since early 2009, oversaw significant growth in the region, helping to establish Dell as a recognised and trusted strategic partner to a host of influential customers and channel partners.

    Dell ‘s South Africa business continues to remain a separate organisation.

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    Visa to Open Innovation Centre in UAE Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:37:45 +0000
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    Innovation centre to foster collaboration among Visa technologists, clients and developers across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa
    Dubai – Visa (NYSE:V), the global leader in electronic payments, announced today that it will invest in an innovation centre in Dubai, UAE. Dubai is Visa’s regional headquarters for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA).The new centre will provide Visa, its clients, and partners across the region with an innovative space to jointly develop the next generation of payments technology.This initiative will help Dubai achieve its Smart City objectives, while also offering a platform for payments innovation across CEMEA.

  • The announcement was made at the end of a two-day trip to the region by Visa’s Chief Executive Officer, CharlesScharf, to meetindustry representatives and UAE government officials.The commitment to establish innovation centres around the world reflects Visa’s focus on partnering with clients and ecosystem partners to drive innovative and responsible digital innovation in the payments industry.

    “Visa is a long term investor in Dubai and the UAE. With this Innovation Centre announcement we are reinforcingthe importance of this region to our business,” said Kamran Siddiqi, Group Executive,VisaCEMEA. “We want to create a space where banks, mobile network operators, tech firms and others can come together with Visa and collaborate to create new products and services that accelerate the adoption of electronic payments.”

    “Given its highly developed economy, sophisticated financial and services sector, and state-of-the art telecommunications, the UAE provides the enabling environment for new technologies to gain acceptance. And, with its strategic location and status as a business, trade and innovation gateway, the UAE, can serve as a launch pad for new technologies to reach other key markets in CEMEA.”

    The UAE also has one of the highest smartphone penetration rates in the world at 78 percent . Because of these conditions, the UAE was selected recently by Visa as one of 16 countries where consumers will soon be able to use VisaCheckout, a quick and easy payment service to pay for goods online, on any device, in just a few clicks.

    Siddiqi added: “Our vision to remain the best way to pay and be paid – for everyone, everywhere, requires a commitment to collaborate and foster innovation. This will help accelerate the efforts to make Dubai and the UAE the first cashless Arab society by Expo 2020.”

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    H.E. Sayyid Salim bin Musallam al Busaidi inaugurates the UK Education Expo 2015 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:45:54 +0000 .


    The two day UK Education Expo which opened yesterday was inaugurated by H.E. Sayyid Salim bin Musallam al Busaidi, Undersecretary for Administrative Development Affairs, Ministry of Civil Services (MoCS).

    Among the esteemed guests at the inauguration ceremony were Mr. Jonathan Wilks, British Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, Alastair Long – Deputy Head of Mission, Alison Young-Commercial Attaché, Lola Lam-Commercial Attaché from UK Trade & Investment, Mr. Said Amur al Rahbi, Director of Qualifications, Equivalence and Recognition, Bregje van Baaren, Researcher and Liaison from Ministry of Higher Education.

    The inauguration was also graced by several officials and delegates from various ministries, local universities & colleges and professionals from the education sector.

    Held at the InterContinental Hotel Muscat, the Expo invited those interested in studying in the UK to explore the wide range of courses available and meet representatives from universities, higher education institutions and English language course providers.

    The UK Education Expo is supported by the UK Trade & Investment, British Embassy Muscat and Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Dhofar Governorate and is organised by Al Nimr Expo and in association with Al Ahlam Higher Education Services – Oman’s leading UK student counselling service agency licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education.

    The UK Education Expo moves to Salalah from 25-26 March 2015 at Hilton Salalah Resort and will remain open for visitors from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

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    Vodafone partners with bedaya to support Qatari youth Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:33:47 +0000 .


    In the framework of its commitment to support Qatari youth development, connect with the community and reinforce its position as an Employer of Choice, Vodafone Qatar has recently partnered with Bedaya Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development.

    Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development was established in September 2011 as a joint initiative between Qatar Development Bank and Silatech. Today, Bedaya is a destination for entrepreneurial and career development services in Qatar.

    In collaboration with Bedaya Center, Vodafone hosted 12 high school and undergraduate Qatari students in the company’s Human Resources, Commercial and Finance departments. Students were introduced to Vodafone with a ‘Welcome Day’ Induction program, after which they moved on to shadow their assigned hosts.

    During their Job Shadow programme, students got the chance to receive first-hand information from Vodafone staff both at the workplace and offsite when required. This opportunity allowed them to see what it is like to be part of one of the most valuable telecom brands in the world and how Vodafone team applies global best practices to their speciality areas to ensure they raise the bar of the industry, through The Vodafone Way.

    Haeefa Al-Malki, Qatarisation Manager at Vodafone Qatar , said: “We want to be an admired company. Admired by our customers, our shareholders, the people we work with and the communities where we work. We launched The Vodafone Way in 2009 to help us achieve this.
    The Vodafone Way is how we do things at Vodafone and it makes us unique. The Vodafone Way is what makes us stand out from the rest. It helps us achieve our business objectives, deliver to our customers and realise our ambition to be a truly admired company. Over the last three years, we’ve held numerous workshops to create a common understanding across the Vodafone leadership population of how it looks and feels to work and lead in The Vodafone Way and this is the workplace culture we bring to new talent, interns or Job Shadow students.”

    Reem Al-Sowaidi, Manager of the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (Bedaya Center), said: “We are so proud of the collaboration with Vodafone Qatar , and we are looking to build a sustainable partnership with Vodafone . Bedaya Center has introduced Job Shadowing to over 300 Qatari students over the past two years as a highly effective tool for on-the-job learning, career development and leadership development. It is a key work experience option that helps students develop their knowledge and skills and absorb the values and standards of an organisation to prepare them for the future.”

    The Vodafone Way is underlined by the following key traits: every Vodafone talent must be customer-obsessed; innovation hungry; ambitious & competitive; reflecting the One Company, Global Roots image; working with Speed, Simplicity & Trust; and being an Admired Leader.

    “We’re at our best when you’re at yours. This is what drives our Employer Brand. The great thing about technology isn’t how big, fast or clever it is – it’s about the great things you can do by having it at your fingertips. It’s about how it can empower people to connect, to achieve things or try them for the first time. This motivates us to put people at the forefront of our brand communications – by using our technology to improve people’s lives, we connect with the communities that we’re part of. We want to tell real stories about real people, showing how telecoms have empowered them in real-life situations. This is about people at their best, using our technology and solutions to make the most of their lives. Vodafone ‘s Employer Brand is centered on our best practices for the recruitment, engagement and retention approaches we have in place and we firmly believe we are one of the most attractive workplace cultures in Qatar.”

    At the end of the Job Shadow programme, students got back together for a feedback and closing session during which they expressed their admiration of the Vodafone Way and culture and showed interest in further opportunities with Vodafone .

    In addition to the Job Shadow programme, Vodafone has recently participated at Qatar University’s Career Forum and the Education City Career Fair at which Vodafone ‘s HR & Qatarisation team discussed recruitment, sponsorship and DISCOVER programme opportunities within the company.

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    JUMIA recognized at Africa CEO Forum Awards 2015 Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:30:01 +0000 .


    As an Africa Internet Group company, JUMIA success contributed to the organisation’s Nomination for International Corporation of the Year

    Cairo, Egypt: JUMIA is one of eight Africa Internet Group (AIG) companies to be recognized at the Africa CEO Forum Awards, for getting the organization its first nomination for International Corporation of the year at The Africa CEO Forum Awards, organised under the African Development Bank and GroupeJeuneAfrique, recognise companies that have ambitious objectives and contribute to growth in Africa. The nominees are chosen for their commitment to and their achievements in promoting the African private sector and developing intra-African trade.

    Africa Internet Group, the leading internet company in Africa, promotes sustainable long-term online growth that benefits both businesses and consumers. AIG is dedicated to making life easier by providing easy to use services and smart internet solutions in Africa. To this end, AIG runs successful and vibrant internet companies by creating jobs, improving logistics, infrastructure, and offering education opportunities through their team of more than 6,000 people all over Africa. Its network of companies includes JUMIA, Kaymu, hellofood, Lamudi, Carmudi, Zando, Jovago and Easy Taxi.

    We are honoured to be nominated only two years after the launch of AIG. We are glad that our efforts towards propelling the evolution of African online culture and our contribution to the stunning rise of the e-commerce market in Africa are recognised among all these market leaders. As Africa’s leading internet company, AIG is constantly looking for new ideas to make online business easier in Africa and building Africa’s leading internet platform“, said Sacha Poignonnec, co-CEO Africa Internet Group.

    Amaury Celier CEO of Jumia Egypt further commented, “JUMIA Egypt is proud to be part of AIG, a company that has gained such recognition for its successes within such a short time frame. The nomination for this prestigious award is a clear indication that e-commerce is a strong trend across the whole continent. Jumia Egypt is proud to contribute to this great adventure through our rapid growth,” added Celier.

    Danone received the award yesterday and was congratulated by the runners-up, Allianz, Axa, Coca-Cola, Danone, Odebrecht, QNB, Rio Tinto and Africa Internet Group.

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    Dubai Courts smart app wins ‘Smart Government Shield’ award in Kuwait Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:45:29 +0000 .


    Application bests other entries in competition of Arab governments’ smart apps

    UAE – Dubai Courts has revealed that its Dubai Courts Smart Application, the world’s first of its kind judicial based smart services app, has been awarded the ‘Smart Government Shield Award’ at the UAE level category of the 6th Smart Government Competition held in Kuwait. The award was received by Abdulrahim Ahmad Almudhareb, Director – IT Department, Dubai Courts , in a special awarding ceremony held recently at the Symphony Style Hotel, Kuwait. The competition was organized as part of the forum held by the Pan Arab Excellence Award Academy under the auspices of Sheikh Mohammed Al-Abdullah Al Mubarak Al-Sabah, State Minister for Chairman of the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT), in Kuwait.

    The award was given in recognition of the smart apps significant role as a fundamental pillar in the move to consolidate smart processes–seamlessly managing all kinds of cases with the highest standards of promptness and efficiency. The award also seeks to recognize Dubai Courts continued commitment and support for Dubai’s transition to a smart government, which is ably reflected in its aim to provide reliable smart services to its customers.

    His Excellency Expert Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, Director General, Dubai Courts , said, “Our smart application represents a proactive step in providing highly interactive legal and judicial services across external customers, internal auditors, secretaries, execution officials and judges in order to ensure happiness, satisfaction and a state of well-being.”

    The Director General further pointed out that the smart app was created by Dubai Courts based on the latest technologies and under the highest standards of information security, which has been approved for use by the Dubai Smart Government and the rest of the world. He added that the launch of the app is expected to play a significant role in the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform the emirate as one of the world’s leading smart governments.

    “The Dubai Court smart app processes case applications registered in the local judiciary in a highly reliable and efficient way. The services are intended to offer convenience and efficiency to customers, law offices, services offices, secretaries, process servers and judges. The first batch of smart services, which includes 30 services, has successfully enhanced the dealers’ happiness as it boosts the decision-making by the judges and staff with promptness, accuracy and transparency. Also, the application classifies the application forms electronically before sending them directly to competent authorities, including personal status, commercial, real estate or labor cases. This success motivates us to work continuously to convert all the 210 remaining services to smart services by the end of this year,” Al Mansouri concluded.

    The 6th Smart Government Competition aims to appreciate the Arab achievements and to honor the governments that have achieved outstanding level by providing smart applications able to facilitate people’s life, reduce distance and enhance transparency. Countries that participated in this year’s competition include the UAE, Sultanate of Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

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